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Description

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.

His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions.

Leonardo's delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it - to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your Library section along with the audio.

©2017 Walter Isaacson (P)2017 Simon & Schuster UK

Critiques

"To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages." (David McCullough)

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Inspirational book describing a great mind

Hard to continue at times as there are a lot of details and pieces of information to process and remember. But a comprehensive description pf what we think Leonardo Da Vinci was.

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  • 30/04/2018

Awe Inspiring

An awe inspiring account one of the greatest geniuses of our time brilliantly captured by Walter Isaacson

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  • 22/11/2017

Amazing book

Easily the best book I have ever read or listened. Already feeling sad at coming to its end.

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  • Sverker Mansson
  • 18/08/2018

A wonderfull very well written ...

...History lesson from an era and a genius that still affects our life and how we look at it

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  • Chrissie
  • 07/08/2018

I was sorry it ended...

Leonardo was an impressive being. Stay curious, make notes. Nice to understand a bit more what all the “fuss” is about with his paintings.

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  • Bradley Shaw
  • 21/06/2018

Amazing insights

Leonardo da Vinci has an incredible story of you are interested in human nature, history and or innovation this should be required listening...

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  • Peter J Treloar
  • 07/06/2018

Brilliant

Isaacson’s treatment is inspirational
Makes me yearn for more. & now I can wonder at the Mona Lisa, & better understand art.

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  • K. Timeus
  • 17/09/2018

What a life!

This is such a well-crafted and thoroughly researched biography. So many lessons to learn from Leonardo. Can recommend this to anyone looking to learn more about the master and to generally improve our own way of thinking.