Ross King on Leonardo da Vinci and The Last Supper
January 1, 2013
[REBROADCAST] One of the most famous paintings in the world is Leonardo da Vinciâ€™s â€śThe Last Supper,â€ť painted on the wall of a Dominican convent in Milan in the 1490s.Â Surprisingly, da Vinci didnâ€™t start his masterpiece until he was in his 40s â€“Â old age by 15th century standards â€“ and before that, authorÂ ROSS KING explains, da Vinci hadn’t produced much — a few paintings, some strange musical instruments and hundreds of notes and sketches of inventions to his name.Â In his new book, â€śLeonardo and The Last Supper,â€ť King writes that â€śLeonardo may have dreamed of constructing tanks and guns, of placing a dome on Milanâ€™s half-built cathedral, or of completing the worldâ€™s largest bronze statue. But he was going to do none of these things. Instead, he was going to paint a wall.â€ť Â That wall is one of the most recognized and beloved images in art today. This hour, Marty talks with Ross King about Leonardo’s creation, his genius and his life.
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