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  "The Unknown Leonardo" not only brings us closer to Leonardo the man but gives us access as well to Leonardo the genius. In this book ten of the world's leading Cincian scholalrs illuminate all aspects of Leonardo's multifaceted blrilliance. Through an imaginative use of graphics and captions - beautifully interwoven with the text, yet independently meaningful - Leonardo's inventions and ideas are made clear to both the eye and the mind.

"The Unknown Leonardo" is an adventure, an experience, and a possession of beauty. It will delight anyone who is interested in art, science, technology, the Italian Renaissance, or the potentialities of the human mind.


The Unknown Leonardo

Edited by Ladislao Reti






10 x 12 1/2 in.

25,5 x 32 cm

320 pages

Over 700 illustrations


Leonardo's Life, His Work, His Time

The Painter

The Writer

"Il Cavallo" - The Equestrian Staute

Leonardo and Music

The Military Architect

Machines and Weaponry

Mechanics of Water and Stone

Treatise on Painting


Elements of Machines

The Bycicle

The Words of Leonardo: Leonardo the Man


Silvio A. Bedini

Deputy Director, National Museum of History and Technology, Washington, D.C.

Anna Maria Brizio

Professor of Art History, Universita Statale of Milan

Maria Vittoria Brugnoli

Superintendent of Museums, Mantua; Libero Docente of Art History, University of Rome

André Chastel

Professor, Collège de France, Paris

Bern Dibner

Director, Burndy Library, Norwalk, Connect

Ludwig H. Heydenreich

Honorary Professor, University of Munich

Augusto Marinoni

Professor, Università Cattolica, Milan

Ladislao Reti

Professor Emeritus, University of California at Los Angeles

Emanuel Winternitz

Curator of Musical Instruments, Metropolitan Museum of New York

Carlo Zammattio

Engineer, Trieste