- Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
Chiaroscuro trade paperback cover
Publication information Publisher Vertigo Format Limited series Publication date 1995-1996 Number of issues 10 Main character(s) Leonardo da Vinci, Salai Creative team Writer(s) Pat McGreal & David Rawson Penciller(s) Chaz Truog Inker(s) Rafael Kayanan Colorist(s) Carla Feeny & Lovern Kindziersky Collected editions Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci ISBN 1-4012-0498-8
Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci is a Vertigo comic book limited series published from 1995 to 1996, which was later repackaged in 2005 as a single volume. The series was written by Pat McGreal and David Rawson and illustrated by Chaz Truog and Rafael Kayanan. The original series covers were done by Stephen John Philips and Richard Bruning.
A work of historical fiction, Chiaroscuro narrates the life of Leonardo da Vinci from the point of view of Gian Giacomo Caprotti da Oreno (almost exclusively called Salai in the story), a beautiful young man Leonardo adopted as a boy. It shows the influence of their relationship on Leonardo's life and work. In characterizing Salai as scheming, ambitious and selfish, the novel posits that several events in Leonardos's life occurred at least partly because of his manipulations.
The work also speculates a possible homosexual relationship between Leonardo and Salai. Salai is clearly depicted to have had homosexual relations with Leonardo's main rival, Michelangelo and Ludovico Sforza's captain, Sanseverino, while anything occurring between him and Leonardo is simply implied. It is clear, however, that Leonardo used him as a model for his artwork. The relationship between Salai and Leonardo is often tumultuous, culminating with Salai betraying Leonardo by serving as the model for Michelangelo's David.
Chiaroscuro is an art term meaning the play of light and dark in a work.
- Chaz Truog's official website mentions that Chiaroscuro was inspired by Amadeus and Immortal Beloved.
Works of art
The following works by da Vinci were also depicted in the story:
- Mona Lisa
- The Last Supper
- St John the Baptist
- Vitruvian Man
- The Battle of Anghiari
- several vignettes and images from his notebooks, diaries and sketches
- Chiaroscuro: The Private Lives of Leonardo da Vinci (trade paperback collects issues 1-10, October 2005, ISBN 1-4012-0498-8)
Leonardo da VinciKey: *Attributed (see here for details) · **Collaboration with Verrocchio · †Lost Paintings†Medusa · **The Baptism of Christ · The Annunciation · *Ginevra de' Benci · *The Madonna of the Carnation · *Benois Madonna · St. Jerome in the Wilderness · The Adoration of the Magi · The Virgin of the Rocks (Louvre version) · *Lady with an Ermine · *Portrait of a Musician · *Madonna Litta · *La belle ferronnière · The Last Supper · *Madonna of the Yarnwinder · Mona Lisa · Head of a Woman · The Virgin of the Rocks (London version) · †The Battle of Anghiari · †Leda and the Swan · The Virgin and Child with St. Anne · *Salvator Mundi · St. John the Baptist · *Bacchus SculptureLeonardo's horse (unexecuted) Works on paperVitruvian Man · The Virgin and Child with St Anne and St John the Baptist · Self-Portrait Manuscripts Other projects
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