|Author|| Bossi, Giuseppe, 1777 - 1815|
|Title||Del Cenacolo Di Leonardo Da Vinci Libri Quattro Di Giuseppe Bossi Pittore.|
|Imprint||Milano: Dalla Stamperia Reale, MDCCCX.|
|Physical Description||263,  p.,  pl. (incl. frontis.); 455 mm. (Folio.)|
|Physical Description Note||The plates are not numbered; but the 'Descrizione E Collocazione Delle Tavole In Rame' assigns them the numbers I-VII and indicates the numbered page following which they are to be bound, as follows: [I] frontis.;  p.102; [III] p.180; [IV] and [V] p. 204; [VI] p.208; [VII] p.231.|
|Content Format Note||[Half-t., pl. I (frontis. port.), t.p., dedic.] - [Text, with pl. [II-VII]] - Annotazioni; [colophon]; Descrizione E Collazione Delle Tavole In Rame - Indice [i.e. table of contents].|
|Summary Note||The work is a study of Leonardo's painting of the Last Supper; which he painted on a wall (but not in fresco) of the convent of Sta. Maria delle Grazie in Milan between 1495 and 1497. This book was among the pioneering investigations of Leonardo's career.|
The text is in four Books, containing: I. a brief life of Leonardo, and a compendium of extracts from various writers on Leonardo's 'Last Supper'; II. a description of the whole composition and of each person represented; III. an account of the copies of the painting; IV. remarks on Leonardo's method of painting, his study of human proportions, his excellence.
The plates show drawings: [I] male head (portrait of Leonardo?); [II] head of Christ; [III] head of a young man; [IV] head of a man; [V] head of a man; [VI] figure of a man with limbs extended within a square and a circle (i.e. the so-called 'Vitruvian Man'); [VII] the Christ-Child with the Virgin, St Anne and a lamb.
In June 1821 the Royal Academy bought an early full-size copy of this painting currently attributed to Leonardo's pupil Giovan Pietro Rizzoli (better known as 'Giampietrino').
|Responsibility Note||Plate [II] (p.102) is signed as designed by 'L.V.' and engraved by 'G.L.'; pl. [VII] (p.231) is signed as designed by Leonardo da Vinci and made by 'R.F.'; the other plates carry no signatures. However, the 'Descrizione E Collocazione Delle Tavole In Rame' states that pl.  was drawn by Raffaello Albertolli and engraved by Giuseppe Benaglia; pl. [II], designed by Leonardo and engraved by Giuseppe Longhi; pl. [III], drawn by Cesare da Sesto and engraved by Giuseppe Benaglia; pl. [IV], drawn by Leonardo; pl. [VI], drawn by Leonardo and engraved by Longhi; pl. [VII], drawn by Leonardo and engraved by Francesco Rosaspina.|
The printer is named in the colophon: 'Stampato Per Cura Di Leonardo Nardini, Ispettore Della Stamperia Reale'.
|Subject||Lord's Supper in art - Last Supper in art - Saints - Apostles - Christian art and symbolism|
Paintings - Drawings - Italy - Milan - History - 15th century - Renaissance
Art history - 19th century
Pictorial works - 19th century
Bible N.T. Gospels
|Name as Subject|| Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519, Last Supper.|
|References||C. Cordie, 'Le annotazioni di Stendhal al "Del Cenacolo di Leonardo" di Giuseppe Bossi', in Ricerche Stendhaliane (1967), p.207-58; J.W. de Goethe, Observations on Leonardo da Vinci's celebrated picture of the Last Supper (1821).|
J. Shell et al., Giampietrino E Una Copia Cinquecentesca Dell'Ultima Cena Di Leonardo (1988); M. Rossi and A. Rovetta, Il Cenacolo Di Leonardo: Cultura domenicana, iconografia eucaristica e tradizione lombarda (1988); S. Lambert, The image multiplied (1987), ch.7, 'Leonardo's last Supper in reproduction'; C. Alberici and M.C. de Biasi, Leonardo e l'incisione [exhibition catalogue] (1984).
M. Guerrini, Biblioteca Leonardiana 1493-1989 (1991); D.A. Brown, Leonardo's 'Last Supper': the restoration (1983); C. Pedretti, Leonardo Studies for the Last Supper from the Royal Library at Windsor Castle (1983); L.H. Heydenreich, Leonardo: the Last Supper (1974); L. Steinberg, 'Leonardo's "Last Supper"', in Art Quarterly [Detroit], 36 (1973), p.297-410.
|Binding Note||19th-century half calf, green papered boards; brown morocco spine-labele lettered 'Bossi. Cenacolo Di Leonardo Da Vinci', spine lettered 'R.A.'|
|Provenance||13 February 1813: '[Produced] ... a bill from Mr. Turner Bookseller for a Work called Il Cenacolo di Leonardo da Vinci placed in the Library - amountg to £7.7.0 - Ordered that the Treasurer be desired to discharge the above Bill.' (RA Council Minutes V, 23).|
'Paid Thomas Taylor, for 'Conacolo [sic] di Leonardo di Vinci £7.7.0' (RAA/TRE/1/2, 'Abstract of Bills ... Christmas 1812 to Lady Day 1813').
|Contributors|| Nardini, Leonardo, printer.|
Leonardo da Vinci, 1452 - 1519, source artist
Albertolli, Raffaele, 1770 - 1812, draughtsman
Benaglia, Giuseppe, 1766 - 1835, engraver
Longhi, Giuseppe, 1766 - 1831, engraver
Cesare, da Sesto, 1477 - 1523, draughtsman
Rosaspina, Francesco, 1762 - 1842, engraver
Stamperia Reale (Milan). printer.
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