Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Book - 2017
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"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York :, Simon & Schuster,, 2017
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781501139154
Characteristics: xii, 599 pages : illustrations (chiefly color) ; 25 cm


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Jan 22, 2018

Don't be put off by the sheer size and weight of this volume. It is beautifully written, with immense amounts of information and insight, delivered in accessible prose. As just one of many possible highlights, the couple-dozen pages about the Mona Lisa (almost at the end) provide a brilliant summary of current scholarship about this world's most famous painting.

Jan 18, 2018

"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us?"

I'll show you (and you won't even need to read this book; I didn't)

"Leonardo's fascination with anatomical structure informed his paintings; his profound interest in math and the transformation of shapes influenced his inventions."

Most of his work was unfinished because he couldn't reconcile the math with the art; he understood that math as we know it, is only actually representative of two dimensions (Mona Lisa's smile). He was compulsive.

The key/pattern that he couldn't find, was some where in God's creation (he just didn't have the means to see it; they didn't even begin to really understand gravity then, let alone the incorporation of it into mathematics.)...

Jan 11, 2018

An amazing, well written and researched biography. I expected a daunting book of facts and details. Although the reader is certainly given details, they are presented with the same curiosity and observation that worked so well for Da Vinci. He was responsible for the early conception of things that were later invented. There were many unfinished works perhaps due to his depending less on the money earned than the seeking of his quest for the universal measure of man and how he fits into the cosmos.
Isaacson put together Da Vinci's life and work with pictures, descriptions, and feeling. The reader leaves with a true sense of what his life was all about.

Jan 10, 2018

At last an author on an artist who actually includes the PICTURES he is discussing. Cannot be thanked enough. You not only learn about Da Vinci you get to obtain an appreciation of art. Awesome!

Nov 07, 2017

Magnificant bio on one of the world's true geniuses. I wondered how the author could document someone from 500 years ago. He does so not in a precise accounting of all of Leonardo's days but in showing how his mind operated. There you learn of the man, not just the when and where of his life. My favorite book of 2017!


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