Limited Edition Monograph
259 pages. B&W/colour cover. £20 Signed & numbered. Order from our BookSHOP.
In 1974 history was rewritten when the Italians discovered the sketch of a bicycle on the reverse of a page of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus notebook hidden for 300 years. It seemed the maestro had at least designed a perfectly proportioned roadster 400 years before a German invented the ‘running machine’. Might he have even built a working prototype for nipping round Milan!?
But what is the truth behind this doodle, patently not by Leonardo’s hand? Why are there now hundreds of models of the machine in august museums, in touring exhibitions and at places of significance to the artist’s life? What possible role could Italian terrorism, Vatican corruption and the ormertà (Mafia code of silence) have in the story? And what has any of this to do with the worst volcanic eruption experienced by humanity?
This graphic investigation is a none-too-serious unravelling of this controversial and convoluted case employing investigative journalism, imaginative docudrama, and humorous fantasy. Despite fourteen written endorsements from prospective publishers ranging from ‘neat’ to ‘riveting’ to ‘it’s a masterpiece’, the book has not found a home, apparently because it didn’t ‘fit’. This is a limited edition monograph produced by the artist that will never appear on Amazon.
“I love it! Pacy, entertaining, well-researched and drawn with consummate skill.” – Emeritus Professor Martin Kemp, the world’s foremost scholar on Leonardo da Vinci.
“Somehow Brick has managed to unscramble, understand and render this truly Italian imbroglio in a graphic novel. He is a genius.” – Product Designer Alessandro Belli.
“Leonardo’s Bicycle has all the pace of a whodunnit and more intrigue than you could ever invent, drawn and delivered with astonishing skill by a comics creator at the top of his game.” – Creative Director Corinne Pearlman, Myriad Editions, London.
“Brick has realised this desideratum admirably and in an understandable manner with his inimitable stroke of the pen. Excellent!” – Emeritus Historian of Technology, Prof. Dr. Hans-Erhard Lessing, Karlsruhe, Germany, foremost authority of Karl Drais.
“A rigorously investigated case study and superb historical compendium, riddled with fascinating excursions and winking satire.” – Historian, Teacher, Curator Hans-Jörg Gerste, Ludwigsburg, Germany.
The sample pages below are from chapters entitled ‘The Godforsaken Year’ (chronicling the Tambora volcanic explosion and its impact on European culture), ‘The Crazies’, (looking at some of the other daft controversies surrounding Leonardo’s work, including the famous theft of the ‘Mona Lisa’), and ‘The Lecture’ when the sketch was first revealed.