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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.

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.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Main Characters xi
Currency in Italy in 1500 xiii
Note Regarding the Cover xiii
Primary Periods of Leonardo's Life xiii
Timeline xiv
INTRODUCTION I Can Also Paint 1
CHAPTER 1 Childhood 11
CHAPTER 2 Apprentice 23
CHAPTER 3 On His Own 68
CHAPTER 4 Milan 91
CHAPTER 5 Leonardo's Notebooks 105
CHAPTER 6 Court Entertainer 112
CHAPTER 7 Personal Life 129
CHAPTER 8 Vetruvian Man 140
CHAPTER 9 The Horse Monument 160
CHAPTER 10 Scientist 170
CHAPTER 11 Birds and Flight 181
CHAPTER 12 The Mechanical Arts 190
CHAPTER 13 Math 200
CHAPTER 14 The Nature of Man 212
CHAPTER 15 Virgin of the Rocks 223
CHAPTER 16 The Milan Portraits 236
CHAPTER 17 The Science of Art 260
CHAPTER 18 The Last Supper 279
CHAPTER 19 Personal Turmoil 293
CHAPTER 20 Florence Again 299
CHAPTER 21 Saint Anne 315
CHAPTER 22 Paintings Lost and Found 325
CHAPTER 23 Cesare Borgia 335
CHAPTER 24 Hydraulic Engineer 347
CHAPTER 25 Michelangelo and the Lost Battles 355
CHAPTER 26 Return to Milan 380
CHAPTER 27 Anatomy, Round Two 394
CHAPTER 28 The World and Its Waters 425
CHAPTER 29 Rome 444
CHAPTER 30 Pointing the Way 463
CHAPTER 31 The Mona Lisa 475
CHAPTER 32 France 495
CHAPTER 33 Conclusion 517
CODA Describe the tongue of the woodpecker 525
Abbreviations of Frequently Cited Sources 527
Notes 533
Illustration Credits 571
Index 573

Edition Notes

Copyright Date
2017

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Library of Congress
N6923.L33I827 2017

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Hardcover
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xvii, 599p.
Number of pages
599
Dimensions
9.5 x 6.3 x 1.5 inches

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Open Library
OL27102596M
ISBN 13
9781501139154

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