The day the Renaissance was saved : the Battle of Anghiari and Da Vinci's lost masterpiece / Niccolò Capponi ; translation, André Naffis-Sahely.
- Standardized Title:
- Battaglia di Anghiari. English.
- Brooklyn : Melville House, 
xxi, 295 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 23 cm
- Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. Battle of Anghiari.
Anghiari (Italy) -- History -- 15th century.
Italy -- History -- 1268-1492.
Florence (Italy) -- History -- 1421-1737.
- "It was a battle that change the course of history, and was immortalized in a massive painting by Leonardo da Vinci that was thought lost for centuries...until now. On a sweltering day in June 1440, near the Tuscan town of Anghiari, the simmering conflict among Italy's principal powers exploded into a battle whereby Florence and the papal States joined with Venice to defeat the previously unstoppable army of Milan. The shocking denoument would open the way for the flowering of Florentine culture, and the birth of what we now know as the Renaissance. There was, perhaps, no stunning evidence of this than a massive painting by Leonardo da Vinci commemorating the Battle of Anghiari, a masterpiece that quickly became famous but then was mysteriously lost. Until recently, that is, when researchers made a breathtaking discovery of the location where it has been hidden for more than four hundred years. In The Day the Renaissance Was Saved, Niccolò Capponi - a direct descendant of Niccolò Machiavelli, as well as of a Florentine general who was a key strategist of the campaign at Anghiari - weaves the story of da Vinci's lost masterpiece through the narrative of the history-changing battle, and offers context on the development of humanist thought and the political intrigues of fifteenth-century Italy."--provided by publisher.
A Note on Old Conventions
1. 'Now you have to put up with war...'
2. Mars, the Mercenary
3. The War of Art
4. A Cure for the State
5. A Cardinal Problem
6. Horses Can't Eat Stones
7. The Leopard's Leap
8. The Tableau of Power
Epilogue: Saint Peter
Bibliographical Notes and Further Reading
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 257-286)and index.
- Local notes:
- Acquired for the Penn Libraries with assistance from the Constance L. Rosenthal Book Fund.
- Naffis-Sahely, André, translator.
Constance L. Rosenthal Book Fund.
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