Leonardo da Vinci PDF

Title Leonardo da Vinci
Author Walter Isaacson
Publisher Simon & Schuster
Category Artists and Musicians Historical Bios
Released Date 2017-10-16
Language English
Format EPUB / PDF
Pages 904
Total Downloads 82,469
Total Views 82,960
Rating
4/5 (82 ratings)

Summary

The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker).

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in 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. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. His ability to stand at the crossroads of t...


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writemoves

4/5
I'm not sure that any book could adequately cover the achievements and creativity of Leonardo da Vinci. Though this book is over 524 pages, I am sure another 500 pages could easily be written on this amazing man. I rated this book four stars but if I had an appreciation for art history, sculpture and painting, I probably would rate it 5 . There is a lot of detail and analysis of various da Vinci paintings, art and sculpture that regrettably this reader has no appreciation. Nonetheless the biography of da Vinci is a fascinating story in itself. Da Vinci had incredible mental bandwidth – – he was an artist, painter, sculptor, military engineer, scientist, botanist, musician, theater director, mathematician, astronomer etc. Da Vinci did provide examples and a paper trail of his creative work, projects and thoughts. He provided notebooks totaling over 7200 pages. His notebooks contained his to do lists, ideas, sketches and random thoughts on a variety of disciplines. If readers are not intrigued in knowing about da Vinci they may be turned off by the sheer weight of the book. They can wait for the movie version which I understand is in the works.

danielstj

5/5
This was an amazing biography. In it is Leonardo da Vinci in all his majesty, and intimacy, pieced together from accounts, his notebooks, and supporting documents. All in all, it's a swooping masterpiece that abounds with technical skill as he entices it, and rewards it, with the fruits of what Leonardo da Vinci meant for history and what he stood for.Definitely recommended: 5 stars!

lynnb_64

5/5
I've heard this book described so well this way: A book about a Renaissance man, by a Renaissance man. Walter Isaacson is a wonderful writer, and provides us with a nice mix of both Leonardo the man, and his accomplishments.I attended a lecture about Leonardo at a local university and learned that thousands of pages from his notebooks are missing. My mind boggles at what else Mr. da Vinci may have envisioned! This book is beautiful, with many drawings and illustrations. It is a tribute to the importance of curiosity.