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