Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered

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Carmen C. Bambach is curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints, The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered

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Carmen C. Bambach

This is a modern rethinking of the career and vision of one of the greatest artists of all time on the 500th anniversary of his death.


We have celebrated the towering, undisputed genius of Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) for hundreds of years. A groundbreaking, essential addition to scholarship, Leonardo da Vinci Rediscovered continues this legacy while simultaneously reexamining the multifaceted artist’s life and work from the ground up. This authoritative, four-volume study provides a sweeping, up-to-date portrait of Leonardo as he has never been seen before.


Internationally renowned Leonardo specialist Carmen C. Bambach unfurls new narratives, largely based on the most important, yet most misunderstood, body of evidence available: the artist’s drawings, paintings, and manuscripts. In the manner of a biographer, Bambach combs through contemporary documents and more than 4,000 surviving sheets of Leonardo’s notes and drawings to extract original details about his development as an artist and thinker. Some 1,500 illustrations portray the staggering, spectacular legacy that Leonardo left behind on paper and canvas. Through Bambach’s comprehensive research, he emerges as a figure who both embodies his era and completely transcends it, enduring as one of history’s greatest artists, scientists, and inventors.

  • Hardcover set with slipcase
  • 9.75 × 11.5 inches
  • 2,350 pages, 1,500 color + b/w illustrations
  • Published: 2019

Editorial Reviews

“On the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death, a four-volume exploration of his life and work is pieced together from 4,000 surviving sheets of the artist’s notes and drawings.”—Clare Swanson, Publishers Weekly

“A vast project spanning more than 1m words and 1,500 images . . . Bambach’s numerous discoveries include a small drapery study in the Royal Collection, where it was described as from Leonardo’s workshop.”—Dalya Alberge, Guardian

“A project nearly a quarter-century in the making, this monograph attempts to provide a comprehensive revisiting of the man so many know only as the painter of the ‘Mona Lisa’ and the ‘Last Supper.’”—Lauren Christensen, New York Times Book Review

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