It can be wholeheartedly recommended to anyone who wants a personally compelling introduction to Leonardo's genius . . .
And it remains a model for a short, unified study of a creative personality in any field,' writes Martin Kemp in a new introduction to this latest edition of Kenneth Clark's classic monograph on Leonardo's art. First published in 1939, its insight, graceful scholarship and capacity to convey excitement place it unequivocally in the great tradition of Leonardo biography that runs from Vasari's Lives. As Sir Harold Nicolson has said, "It is so intelligent, so modest, so beautifully written and so wise".
"Your true critic must be doubly armed, with knowledge and intuition. Kenneth Clark, armed with both to a remarkable degree, has written a book on Leonardo's development as an artist which (I do not exaggerate) will set a new standard in art criticism in England". - Sunday Times.