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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson


Praise:

“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life….the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.”The New Yorker

“Majestic . . . Enthralling, masterful, and passionate.”Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“A monumental tribute to a titanic figure.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Review:

There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work.
Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery in a hugely accessible reading.
Mysteries of the man, the artist, scientist and engineer and the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa expounded in a glorious work of profound inspiration.
A multitude of notebooks he had written, Leonardo, so much writings, inspirations, a beast against the artist block and creativity resistance.

7200 pages of notes and scribbles
last supper
mona lisa
vitruvius man
saint jerome in the wilderness
renaissance man
innovation
imagination
combining observation with fantasy
will
ambition
fevered
manic
lefthanded
born Tuscan village of Vinci
illegitimate
gay
vegetarian
genius
science
engineering
arts
technology
anatomy
fossils
birds
horses
the heart
flying machines
optics
botany
geology
water flows
weaponry
work with Borgia and Machiavelli



Reviewed by Lou Pendergrast on 20 October 2017