Madonna of the Yarnwinder: A Scientific and Historical Detective Story

Thereza Wells & Martin Kemp

Published by Artakt and Zidane Press, 2011
230pp, Price: £25.99
ISBN: 978–0–955485–06–0


Artakt’s Leonardo Da Vinci expert publishes a fascinating book about Madonna of the Yarnwinder, revealing the secret history of this iconic masterpiece.
State-of-the-art detective work by two art historians has uncovered the hidden story behind one of Leonardo’s most influential paintings. The mystery surrounding The Madonna of the Yarnwinder, has confounded art experts for centuries: there are many copies of the painting, but which, if any, is the original?

Using the latest advances in forensics and scientific analysis, as well as years of painstaking research, renowned Leonardo scholars Martin Kemp and Thereza Wells undertook some of the most in-depth technical examinations ever carried out on an old master painting – and made extraordinary new discoveries that could change the way we look at Renaissance paintings forever.

Published to coincide with the opening of the biggest ever Leonardo exhibition at the National Gallery in London, this unique book offers a new way of understanding the grand master of Renaissance art and gives a rare glimpse into the mind of a true genius at work.

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