Leonardo da Vinci-painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, inventor, scientist-was one of the greatest creative geniuses ever known to man. Leonardo embodies the spirit, aspirations, and diversity we have come to associate with the Italian Renaissance. His inexhaustible intellectual energy drove him to explorations and discoveries of unique scope and significance in a number of fields, yet his contributions in the form of artistic expression-the art of painting-are those he valued most highly. Highlighted in this superbly illustrated volume are such famous masterpieces as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, as well as all of the other paintings known to be either fully or in part by Leonardo, many of them enriched by stunning details. In our age of specialization, it is hard to envision a person of such multifaceted talent and varied abilities, and this book explores the whole range of Leonardo's achievements. In addition, although primary emphasis rests on the paintings, a special section is devoted to his incomparable drawings, including a generous selection of material from Leonardo's famous notebooks. The abundant illustrations include forty beautiful full-page colorplates. In the accompanying text and commentaries, originally published in 1975, Jack Wasserman, an expert on Leonardo, provides the reader with invaluable guidance in understanding this complex genius.