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Leonardo A Restless Genius ANTONIO FORCELLINO Translated by Lucinda Byatt ‘A captivating account of one of the most enigmatic figures in history. This beautifully written and well-documented biography is creative non-fiction at its very best. Based on the facts as we know them, it reads like an enthralling novel.’ Patricia Fortini Brown, Professor Emerita of Art and Archaeology, Princeton University ‘As one might expect from Forcellino, this book is written with verve, it brings major and minor individuals back to life, and it presents an original perspective on Leonardo’s art and his relationships to other artists. While Forcellino's greatest strength is his close analysis of particular paintings, he deals with the whole range of Leonardo's work, from his mechanics, optics and anatomy to his most famous paintings and frescos. This concise but comprehensive book on a many-sided man deserves to be widely read.’ Peter Burke, Professor Emeritus of Cultural History, University of Cambridge A visionary scientist, a supreme painter, a man of eccentricity and ambition: Leonardo da Vinci had many lives. The child of a fleeting affair between a country girl and a young notary, Leonardo was never legitimized by his father and received no formal education. While this freedom from the routine of rigid and codified learning may have served to stimulate his natural creativity, it also caused many years of suffering and an insatiable need to prove his own worth. It was a striving for glory and obsessive thirst for knowledge that prompted Leonardo to seek the protection and favour of the most powerful figures of his day: from Lorenzo de’ Medici to Ludovico Sforza, from the French governors of Milan to eventually the Papacy in Rome, where he could vie for renown with Michelangelo and Raphael. In this revelatory account, Antonio Forcellino draws on his expertise as both an historian and a restorer of some of the world’s greatest works of art to give us a more detailed view of Leonardo than ever before. Through careful analyses of his paintings and compositional technique, down to the very materials used, Forcellino offers new insight into Leonardo’s artistic and intellectual development. He spans the great breadth of Leonardo’s genius, discussing his contributions to mechanics, optics, anatomy, geology and metallurgy, as well as providing acute psychological observations and sketches about the political dynamics and social contexts in which Leonardo worked. Forcellino throws brilliant light on a life all too often overshadowed and obscured by myth, providing us with a new perspective on the personality and motivations of one of the greatest geniuses of Western culture. 229 x 152mm | 408 pages | March 2018 UK, May 2018 US HB | 978-1-5095-1852-4 | £25.00 | $35.00 | €32.90 ebook available

Manet A Symbolic Revolution PIERRE BOURDIEU Translated by Peter Collier and Margaret Rigaud-Drayton ‘When does the publication of a book become an event? When it offers a new perspective that changes our way of thinking and, at the same time, appears at the very moment when it is needed. Manet: A Symbolic Revolution is an event of this kind, an overturning of points of view: a properly subversive and astonishing book.’ Libération What is a ‘symbolic revolution’? What happens when a symbolic revolutions occurs, how can it succeed and prevail and why is it so difficult to understand? Using the exemplary case of Édouard Manet, Pierre Bourdieu began to ponder these questions as early as the 1980s, before making it the focus of his lectures in his last years at the Collège de France. This volume of Bourdieu’s previously unpublished lectures provides his most sustained contribution to the sociology of art and the analysis of cultural fields. It is also a major contribution to our understanding of impressionism and the works of Manet. Bourdieu treats the paintings of Manet as so many challenges to the conservative academicism of the pompier painters, the populism of the Realists, the commercial eclecticism of genre painting, and even the ‘Impressionists’, showing that such a revolution is inseparable from the conditions that allow fields of cultural production to emerge. At a time when the Academy was in crisis and when the increase in the number of painters challenged the role of the state in defining artistic value, the break that Manet inaugurated revolutionised the aesthetic order. The new vision of the world that emerged from this upheaval still shapes our categories of perception and judgement today – the very categories that we use every day to understand the representations of the world and the world itself. This major work by one of the greatest sociologists of the last 50 years will be welcomed by students and scholars in sociology, art history and the social sciences and humanities generally. It will also appeal to a wide readership interested in art, in impressionism and in the works of Manet. 229 x 152mm | 640 pages | 2017 HB | 978-1-5095-0009-3 | £30.00 | $45.00 | €38.90 ebook available

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