St. Louis, MO (PRWEB) October 16, 2012
The St. Louis County Library Foundation and the Saint Louis Art Museum are pleased to present New York Times bestselling author and art historian Ross King for a discussion and signing of his new book “Leonardo and the Last Supper” on Wednesday, November 14, at 7:00 p.m. at Library Headquarters, 1640 S. Lindbergh Blvd.
The program is free and open to the public. Books will be available for purchase at the event from Left Bank Books.
Early in 1495, Leonardo da Vinci began work in Milan on what would become one of history’s most influential and beloved works of art—“The Last Supper.” After a dozen years at the court of Milan, Leonardo was at a low point personally and professionally: at forty-three, in an era when he had almost reached the average life expectancy, he had failed to complete anything that truly fulfilled his astonishing promise. The commission to paint “The Last Supper” in the refectory of a Dominican convent was a small compensation, and his odds of completing it were not promising.
In his compelling new book, Ross King explores how—amid war and the political and religious turmoil around him, and beset by his own insecurities and frustrations—Leonardo created the masterpiece that would forever define him. King unveils dozens of stories that are embedded in the painting. Examining who served as the models for the Apostles, he makes a unique claim: that Leonardo modeled two of them on himself. Reviewing Leonardo’s religious beliefs, King paints a much more complex picture than the received wisdom that he was a heretic. The food that Leonardo, a famous vegetarian, placed on the table reveals as much as do the numerous hand gestures of those at Christ’s banquet.
As King explains, many of the myths that have grown up around “The Last Supper” are wrong, but its true story is ever more interesting. Bringing to life a fascinating period in European history, Ross King presents an original portrait of one of the world’s greatest geniuses through the lens of his most famous work.
Ross King is the highly praised author of “Brunelleschi's Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture” (the Book Sense Nonfiction Book of the Year in 2000), “Michelangelo and the Pope's Ceiling” (on the New York Times extended bestseller list), “The Judgment of Paris,” “Machiavelli: Philosopher of Power,” and two novels, “Ex Libris” and “Domino.”
Program sites are accessible. Upon two weeks notice, accommodations will be made
for persons with disabilities. Contact St. Louis County Library by phone 314-994-3300 or visit http://www.slcl.org.