Leonardo da Vinci

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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 the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history’s most creative genius. In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how 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 to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

He serves as a role model applying the scientific method to every aspect of life, including art and music. Leonardo da Vinci was the byproduct of an illegitimate love affair between a notary and a young peasant girl in the small town of Vinci near Tuscany in the early 1450s. Even though the time was known as "The Golden Age of Bastards," according to Italian Renaissance Learning Resources, bastards didn't receive the same treatment as legitimate heirs. "Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci" attributed to Francesco Melzi, 1515-1517.

He was apprenticed to the sculptor and painter Andrea del Verrocchio in Florence ... Leonardo da Vinci quotes Showing 1-30 of 249. "Painting is poetry that is seen rather than felt, and poetry is painting that is felt rather than seen.".