Inventor, painter, designer -- Leonardo Da Vinci was a brilliant man. This undeniable fact is borne out by his drawings, his notebooks, his paintings, and one fresco in particular -- "The Last Supper" in the Dominican convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
But, according to Ross King, it wasn't a job Da Vinci wanted.
In "Leonardo and The Last Supper," King gives you a portrait of the times behind Da Vinci and of the politics and decisions that went into the creation of the painting.
Renaissance Italy was split into many principalities -- Milan, Florence, Venice, all of which "vied to surpass one another not on the field of battle but …