Renaissance

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Museums & Heritage

Cultural love-in between Italy and Russia sets ‘soft power’ alarm bells ringing

Growing unease as the special relationship between the two countries gains momentum during the Covid-19 crisis

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Books

More than the meets the (shifty) eye: book looks at the life of 16th-century polymath Jacopo Strada

Despite the dodgy gaze that Titian attributed to him in his famous portrait, this double volume demonstrates the Italian's important role in cultural history

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Restitution

Italy hands Nazi-looted Renaissance sculpture from the Uffizi to Germany

Andrea della Robbia’s Mary Magdalene was acquired by Hermann Göring in 1941

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Exhibitions

New perspectives on an Old Master: Andrea Mantegna show to open in Turin

Exhibition at Palazzo Madama promises an impressive number of works—and a fresh view of the Renaissance master's legacy

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Exhibitions

Pioneering Renaissance artists Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana are united for Prado show

Exhibition in Madrid will include more than 60 works by the two painters and will “break the idea of small works being clichés of female artists”

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Conservation & Preservation

Renaissance woman Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper unveiled after restoration in Florence

Seven-metre painting offers "canvas proof" that self-taught nun ran an all-female workshop in her convent 450 years ago

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

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Law

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Books

Michelangelo for beginners, and a new view of the master’s bronzes

Three new books offer fresh angles on the Renaissance master

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Raphael

After Leonardo, the spotlight is on Raphael for the 500th anniversary of his death next year

There will be a rash of shows on the Renaissance master, the largest will be in Rome

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Connoisseurship

Another new Leonardo is a reason to be cheerful

The Virgin and Laughing Child was recently re-attributed as the artist's “only surviving sculpture”

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Henry Moore’s Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection to Renaissance nudes at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Renaissance

#Menudetoo: naked bodies in the Renaissance explored at the Royal Academy of Arts and in three new publications

Examining the many meanings—and inanities—ascribed to the unclothed human body in Western art

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Exhibitions

Burst of Venetian colour in largest show of Titians in Germany

Exhibition about the Venetian Renaissance at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum also includes works by Giovanni Bellini and Jacopo Tintoretto

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Exhibitions

Antonello again? Sicilian master's golden moment continues in Milan

More than two-thirds of Antonello da Messina’s 35 accepted autograph works are reunited for a show at Palazzo Reale

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Renaissance

Restored Raphael cartoon gets new display at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The full-scale preparatory drawing for the Vatican’s School of Athens fresco is going back on view after a four-year restoration

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Exhibitions

Botticelli’s violent stories have a contemporary resonance in #MeToo era

“Spalliera” panels depicting parables are reunited at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the first time in 500 years

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Leonardo da Vinci

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

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Conservation & Preservation

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme

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Exhibitions

Piero della Francesca exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum is largest ever—with 11 works

Half of movable works by Renaissance master included in St Petersburg show

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Exhibitions

Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition

Scientists and artists replicated the Renaissance design, inking and printing process

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Exhibitions

The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Exhibitions

Big on Bruegel: Vienna museum assembles largest show on the artist

A literally once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Books

Sidney Knafel's collection of French 16th- to 18th-century faïence promised to the Frick Collection

The collector's collection of 75 magnificent pieces

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Books

Renaissance prints as sources of images for maiolica and bronze reliefs

The interactions of Renaissance drawing, printing and ceramics

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Books

What books in paintings mean

The significance of books in works of art

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Books

Reputations redeemed by art: two books examine what made Charles I and II great collectors but bad rulers

Despite the failings of the Stuart kings, their art collections stand in their favour, as exhibitions in the UK this year have shown

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Exhibitions

Tintoretto’s 500th anniversary takes over Venice

The “avant-garde superstar” of the Renaissance is celebrated in his home city before works make rare trip to the US

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Books

Telling us why and how: a groundbreaking study of Veronese’s techniques and paintings

These two books—very different in approach—analyse the process and works of the Italian Renaissance painter

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Books

Thinking with pictures: how images were used for philosophical thinking in the Early Modern period

A rich and fascinating book on what can rightly be called the art of philosophy

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Attribution

Italian museum discovers painting by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna in its collection

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo has re-attributed the 15th-century work Resurrection of Christ

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Diary of an art historian

Design or colour? Look to Titian

A shoestring trip to La Serenissima—and a thumbs-up for Simon Schama

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Lost art

Lost art: the Fondaco dei Tedeschi frescoes by Titian and Giorgione

Noah Charney on works that we cannot see, but which remain as an influence to those who did see them

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Tefaf trends: Sweden is in, England is out, but Italy is always in vogue

Melanie Gerlis sets the scene for six specialist collecting categories at this year’s Maastricht fair

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Lost art

Lost art: Field of the Cloth of Gold

Noah Charney on the hundreds of works that were described those who saw them as wondrous, but which were only ever meant to be temporary

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Exhibitions

Sittow survey in Washington, DC, helps celebrate 100 years of Estonian Republic

Court artist had an impressive roster of sitters including Mary Rose Tudor

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Art market

New discoveries add value to Old Master drawings

From Pontormo to Klimt, dealers invest in research in the hope of boosting prices

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Leonardo da Vinci

A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand

Worcester Art Museum argues for reattribution of altarpiece panels by Verrocchio’s workshop

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In the frame

Anyone for art? Asad Raza's tennis court installation in a former Milan church was ace

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Exhibitions

Lucas van Leyden gets an oeuvre-spanning exhibit at the Pinakothek der Moderne

The Dutch engraver who influenced Rembrandt shines in Munich

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Review

Vasari: the artist who overshadowed himself

He is famous for his Lives, but his drawings deserve attention, too

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Painting outclassed by bricks and mortar: on the arts in Rome under Clement VIII

Did the arts really flourish the Pope's patronage?

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Books

Where did it come from? On developments in icon painting

The source of a major change in icon painting may have been discovered

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Deutschland über alles? On the early Renaissance art market

Contrary to popular opinion, the Early Renaissance German art market developed simultaneously with, not later than, those in Italy and the Low Countries

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Exhibitions

The Vivarini family: lesser-known protagonists of Venetian Renaissance painting

The trio from Murano steps out of the shadow of Bellini, Giorgione and Titian in new show

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Renaissance

Tintoretto’s Venetian masterpieces sparkle again

Cleaning and LED lighting give visitors a glimpse of how the space originally looked

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Books

Famous figures under scrutiny

New thinking about Da Vinci and Michelangelo considers their different approaches and the reception their work received

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Sculpture

A fountain of scholarship: Jeremy Warren on Giambologna’s Neptune Fountain

In a new book, the artist's project is seen from many angles

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A swan-like artist: David Ekserdjian on the Renaissance master Andrea del Sarto

Draughtsmanship was one of the artist's finest skills

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Pouring over the precious: James Yorke on luxury and sentimental objects

A survey of objects acquired between birth and death in early modern Europe that accompanies a Fitzwilliam exhibition

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Old Masters

The Cranachs and Luther, a beautiful friendship: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part one of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Old Masters

Luther, Cranach and political propaganda: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part three of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Old Masters

How the Cranachs made Luther unmistakable: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part two of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Books

The ultimate dynamic duo: a new monograph surveys Nicola and Giovanni Pisano

David Ekserdjian learns more from a monumental monograph on father and son

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Books

Antonio II Badile: An Italian Renaissance drawing collector and his family

Casting light on an overlooked but fascinating aspect of the Renaissance

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News

‘Lost Raphael’ surfaces in Spain

The University of Granada says it has found an authentic copy of Raphael’s Madonna of Foligno

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Books

Maiolica explained through the world’s greatest collection of Renaissance decorative art

This book, linked to a current exhibition, explores the V&A’s unrivalled holdings

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Isabella d'Este

Books: Isabella d’Este's hunt for a Leonardo painting

Isabella d’Este was not satisfied with an objet d’art and a drawing; she was determined to have Leonardo da Vinci paint her portrait

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Leonardo da Vinci

Elusive smile, elusive artist: is this really by Leonardo?

Despite a lavish, 300-page book and a high-profile presentation, strong doubts remain

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Leonardo da Vinci

A tale of two ladies

The mystery of Leonardo’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder

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Leonardo da Vinci

Oxford to return RA’s copy of The Last Supper

The copy by Leonardo's student is the most faithful extant work

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre’s Leonardo conservation plan leads to resignation

Fears it will affect the sfumato of the piece are growing

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Leonardo da Vinci

The mysteries of Leonardo: A review of the National Gallery's new exhibition on the master

An exhibition catalogue that is erudite, sound and elegant—but for scholars, not the general reader

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Lucas Cranach the Elder

Why the art world is crazy about Cranach

New technology is shedding light on an Old Master as the prolific, multi-talented artist enjoys a renaissance

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Musée du Louvre

Anger over Louvre’s plan to clean Leonardo's Virgin and Child with Saint Anne

Specialists fear artist’s “smoky finish” effect may be harmed

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Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi in London: Your first chance to see the “new” Leonardo

How the National Gallery negotiated a record eight loans including a long-lost canvas, Saviour of the World

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Exhibitions

Vatican lends Raphael’s finest tapestries

Papal blessing and private funder for Victoria and Albert Museum’s Sistine show

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Books: The continuities in Medieval and Renaissance art at the V&A

A deep look into the remarkable objects now on display in the museum's recently opened galleries

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Leonardo da Vinci

Fra Angelico to Leonardo: Italian Renaissance Drawings on display at the British Museum

A highly distinguished and expertly organised exhibition

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Victoria & Albert Museum

V&A plans £120m second phase of renewals

Medieval and Renaissance galleries crown phase one of museum’s “Future Plan”

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Victoria & Albert Museum

10 new galleries showcasing 1800 treasures at the V&A

V&A renaissance

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Victoria & Albert Museum

No, not Madonna the singer in the V&A's new Medieval and Renaissance galleries

How the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new Medieval and Renaissance galleries have dealt with our ignorance of Christianity

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Leonardo da Vinci

Cleaning shows that London’s Virgin of the Rocks is nearly all by the artist’s hand

After five years of research and conservation, Leonardo's masterpiece is once again looking its best

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Leonardo da Vinci

Queen to send Leonardos on UK tour

Celebrating Prince Charles' 60th with 10 of the master's best works

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Leonardo da Vinci

Buccleuch family Leonardo found

Ninth Duke did not live to see his painting returned

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Books

A clutch of books, generated by a V&A exhibition, on the use and function of fine and decorative art in the home

Investigations of domestic doings down the ages

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National Gallery

The National Gallery discloses further information on Raphael's "Madonna of the pinks"

Still excluded from the material was correspondence we had requested relating to the final price of £22 million

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Victoria & Albert Museum

The Victoria and Albert Museum and the attempt to buy Mantuan roundel

The Art Newspaper requested full information

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Accademia to create a new gallery for Leonardo’s Vitruvian Man

The expansion and renovation project will enable it to put its drawings on permanent display

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: What is all the fuss about Leonardo? Martin Kemp and Charles Nicholl try to decipher the master

Two books try to shed new light on why Leonardo continues to exert a fascination for scholars, art historians and the public

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Books

The production of works for garth and home

This study tries to prove that there was an aesthetic specific to cloistered women

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Leonardo da Vinci

£100,000 reward for Leonardo’s Madonna stolen in Scotland

The Duke of Buccleuch's disputed masterpiece has yet to be found

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Leonardo as larger-than-life, but also human

Two studies of the Renaissance artist’s works reveal divergent assumptions about interpretation

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Books

Spring books: US. Decorative arts to the fore

Photography, Asian art, the art of antiquity, Old Masters, and historiography are also among the topics covered

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci the master draughtsman at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

A new exhibition takes a closer look at Leonardo's work on paper

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Exhibitions

Raphael, Cellini and a Renaissance banker: The patronage of Bindo Altoviti at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

Tracing the patron, rather than the artist

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Leonardo da Vinci

Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci from the Royal Collection go on Golden Jubilee tour

The Queen's collection begin their celebratory journey in Graves Art Gallery Sheffield

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Books

Oriental origins of Italian Renaissance art

How Islamic decorative arts influenced 15th- and 16th-century Western artists

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Victoria and Albert Museum plans £150 million radical rethink of the displays

Among the first tasks to be tackled is the complete refurbishment of the Medieval and Renaissance Galleries.

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Exhibitions

Women who ruled: queens, goddesses, Amazons, 1500-1650

University of Michigan Museum of Art

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Exhibitions

Secrets of a collector: the extraordinary collection of Cassiano dal Pozzo 1588-1657

Museo del Territorio, Biella, Piedmont

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Leonardo da Vinci

The National Gallery Washington looks to Leonardo and the women of the Renaissance

Seeing the true face of Florence

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Recent works on Leonardo take different but complementary approaches

Who was the real Leonardo da Vinci?

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Leonardo da Vinci

Carter Brown’s Leonardo to be auctioned

The Christie's estimate puts its worth over £3.5 million

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Exhibitions

One of the few remaining German private collections of Gothic and Renaissance sculpture contains some magnificent pieces but provides little insight into its history

The exhibition disappoints and leaves the collector’s passion concealed

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Palazzo Pitti

Titian and Raphael portraits that launched 1,000 faces

Raphael’s “Donna Velata” and Titian’s “Young Englishman” have become two of the most influential paintings by Renaissance masters

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Robert Zwijnenberg on order and chaos in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci

A new book explores the notebooks of the Renaissance Master

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Last Supper restoration: What the media said

The conclusion of the twenty-year project to restore Leonardo’s famous fresco has made headlines around the world The Art Newspaper presents a selection of reactions from the newspapers