Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Walter Isaacson
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 624
Release: 2017-10-17
ISBN 10: 1501139177
ISBN 13: 9781501139178
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

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).

Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci

Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Roberta Edwards
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2008-08-01
ISBN 10: 9781424221400
ISBN 13: 1424221404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who Was Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Learn about an inventor, musician, engineer, scientist and painter of the world-famous Mona Lisa. Includes grey-scale illustrations, table of contents, bibliography and timelines. Chapter Book: 9 chapters.

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 396
Release: 2012-07-12
ISBN 10: 0486135764
ISBN 13: 9780486135762
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

Volume 1 of 2-volume set. Total of 1,566 extracts includes writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, mining, inventions, and music. Dual Italian-English texts, with 186 plates plus over 500 additional drawings.

Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Giorgio Vasari,Matteo Bandello,Paolo Giovio,Leonardo da Vinci,Sabba di Castiglione
Publsiher: Getty Publications
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2019-10-29
ISBN 10: 1606066218
ISBN 13: 9781606066218
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Lives of Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

A new title in the successful Lives of the Artists series, which offers illuminating, and often intimate, accounts of iconic artists as viewed by their contemporaries. Coinciding with the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo (1452–1519), Lives of Leonardo da Vinci brings together important early biographies of the polymath by Giorgio Vasari, Paolo Giovio, and anonymous authors. This illustrated volume also features recollections by the humanist scholar Sabba di Castiglione; Matteo Bandello’s eyewitness account of the artist creating one of his most famous works, The Last Supper; and letters written by a variety of contemporary authors, including Leonardo himself.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Linda Cernak
Publsiher: Child's World
Total Pages: 24
Release: 2014-08-01
ISBN 10: 9781626873513
ISBN 13: 1626873518
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Presents an overview of the life and accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci, describing his style and the lasting influence of the Italian artist.

The Notebooks

The Notebooks
Author: Leonardo da Vinci
Publsiher: Tebbo
Total Pages: 376
Release: 2011-11
ISBN 10: 9781743337264
ISBN 13: 1743337264
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Notebooks Book Review:

The award-winning and bestselling collection of the exquisite, annotated notebooks of Leonardo now in paperback. Culled from more than 7,000 pages of sketches and writings found in various rare books, papers, and other resources throughout the world, Leonardo's Notebooks presents, for the first time, an exhaustive collection of the insights and brilliance of perhaps the finest mind the world has ever known.

DK Life Stories Leonardo da Vinci

DK Life Stories Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Stephen Krensky
Publsiher: Penguin
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2020-02-25
ISBN 10: 0744022525
ISBN 13: 9780744022520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

DK Life Stories Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

Discover the inspiring story of Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, inventor, and engineer of the Italian Renaissance... Leonardo was a creative genius who wanted to understand how things worked. This book traces his life, from his birth in a hilltop village near Florence, Italy, through to his work as a painter, sculptor, and engineer. Leonardo made hundreds of drawings and paintings, including the Mona Lisa - probably the most famous painting in the world. Learn how Leonardo made detailed sketches of the human body and designs of parachutes, helicopters, and armored tanks - many years before the technology existed to build them. This new kids' biography series from DK goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history's most interesting and inspiring people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement age-appropriate narrative text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes DK Life Stories the one biography series everyone will want to collect.

Who was Leonardo Da Vinci

Who was Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Roberta Edwards
Publsiher: Penguin Workshop
Total Pages: 106
Release: 2005
ISBN 10: 0448443015
ISBN 13: 9780448443010
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Who was Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

"Presents the life and accomplishments of the famous artist, scientist, engineer, and inventor."--Amazon.com.

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Leonardo Vinci,da Vinci Leonardo,Murat Ukray,Jean Paul Richter
Publsiher: CreateSpace
Total Pages: 754
Release: 2014-09-14
ISBN 10: 9781502373151
ISBN 13: 1502373157
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Notebooks of Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Vasari says, and rightly, in his Life of Leonardo, "that he laboured much more by his word than in fact or by deed", and the biographer evidently had in his mind the numerous works in Manuscript which have been preserved to this day. To us, now, it seems almost inexplicable that these valuable and interesting original texts should have remained so long unpublished, and indeed forgotten. It is certain that during the XVIth and XVIIth centuries their exceptional value was highly appreciated. This is proved not merely by the prices which they commanded, but also by the exceptional interest which has been attached to the change of ownership of merely a few pages of Manuscript. That, notwithstanding this eagerness to possess the Manuscripts, their contents remained a mystery, can only be accounted for by the many and great difficulties attending the task of deciphering them. The handwriting is so peculiar that it requires considerable practice to read even a few detached phrases, much more to solve with any certainty the numerous difficulties of alternative readings, and to master the sense as a connected whole. Vasari observes with reference to Leonardos writing: "he wrote backwards, in rude characters, and with the left hand, so that any one who is not practised in reading them, cannot understand them". The aid of a mirror in reading reversed handwriting appears to me available only for a first experimental reading. Speaking from my own experience, the persistent use of it is too fatiguing and inconvenient to be practically advisable, considering the enormous mass of Manuscripts to be deciphered. And as, after all, Leonardo's handwriting runs backwards just as all Oriental character runs backwards—that is to say from right to left—the difficulty of reading direct from the writing is not insuperable. This obvious peculiarity in the writing is not, however, by any means the only obstacle in the way of mastering the text. Leonardo made use of an orthography peculiar to himself; he had a fashion of amalgamating several short words into one long one, or, again, he would quite arbitrarily divide a long word into two separate halves; added to this there is no punctuation whatever to regulate the division and construction of the sentences, nor are there any accents—and the reader may imagine that such difficulties were almost sufficient to make the task seem a desperate one to a beginner. It is therefore not surprising that the good intentions of some of Leonardo s most reverent admirers should have failed. Leonardo's literary labours in various departments both of Art and of Science were those essentially of an enquirer, hence the analytical method is that which he employs in arguing out his investigations and dissertations. The vast structure of his scientific theories is consequently built up of numerous separate researches, and it is much to be lamented that he should never have collated and arranged them. His love for detailed research—as it seems to me—was the reason that in almost all the Manuscripts, the different paragraphs appear to us to be in utter confusion; on one and the same page, observations on the most dissimilar subjects follow each other without any connection. A page, for instance, will begin with some principles of astronomy, or the motion of the earth; then come the laws of sound, and finally some precepts as to colour. Another page will begin with his investigations on the structure of the intestines, and end with philosophical remarks as to the relations of poetry to painting; and so forth.Leonardo himself lamented this confusion, and for that reason I do not think that the publication of the texts in the order in which they occur in the originals would at all fulfil his intentions. No reader could find his way through such a labyrinth; Leonardo himself could not have done it.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Martin Clayton
Publsiher: Rizzoli Electa
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2018-10-30
ISBN 10: 9780847859405
ISBN 13: 0847859401
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

On the heels of Walter Isaacson's beloved new biography (Fall 2017), and increased media attention (as 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist's death), this book's appeal will extend beyond the devoted and numerous members of Leonardo's audience to reach a popular one. The most comprehensive collection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings provides an intimate look at the mind and hand of the genius.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Ryan Hawkins
Publsiher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
Total Pages: 26
Release: 2018-04-07
ISBN 10: 9781987621624
ISBN 13: 198762162X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography. He has been variously called the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture, and is widely considered one of the greatest painters of all time. Sometimes credited with the inventions of the parachute, helicopter and tank, he epitomised the Renaissance humanist ideal. Many historians and scholars regard Leonardo as the prime exemplar of the "Universal Genius" or "Renaissance Man," an individual of "unquenchable curiosity" and "feverishly inventive imagination," and he is widely considered one of the most diversely talented individuals ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent in recorded history, and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, while the man himself mysterious and remote." Marco Rosci notes that while there is much speculation regarding his life and personality, his view of the world was logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unorthodox for his time. Born out of wedlock to a notary, Piero da Vinci, and a peasant woman, Caterina, in Vinci in the region of Florence, Leonardo was educated in the studio of the renowned Florentine painter Andrea del Verrocchio. Much of his earlier working life was spent in the service of Ludovico il Moro in Milan. He later worked in Rome, Bologna and Venice, and he spent his last years in France at the home awarded to him by Francis I of France. Leonardo was, and is, renowned primarily as a painter. Among his works, the Mona Lisa is the most famous and most parodied portrait and The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all time. Leonardo's drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon, being reproduced on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts. A painting by Leonardo, Salvator Mundi, sold for a world record $450.3 million at a Christie's auction in New York, 15 November 2017, the highest price ever paid for a work of art. Perhaps fifteen of his paintings have survived. Nevertheless, these few works, together with his notebooks, which contain drawings, scientific diagrams, and his thoughts on the nature of painting, compose a contribution to later generations of artists rivalled only by that of his contemporary, Michelangelo. Leonardo is revered for his technological ingenuity. He conceptualised flying machines, a type of armoured fighting vehicle, concentrated solar power, an adding machine, and the double hull. Relatively few of his designs were constructed or even feasible during his lifetime, as the modern scientific approaches to metallurgy and engineering were only in their infancy during the Renaissance. Some of his smaller inventions, however, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded. A number of Leonardo's most practical inventions are nowadays displayed as working models at the Museum of Vinci. He made substantial discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, geology, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science.

The Leonardo Da Vinci Sketchbook

The Leonardo Da Vinci Sketchbook
Author: Leonardo Da Vinci
Publsiher: North Light Books
Total Pages: 128
Release: 2019-03-05
ISBN 10: 9781440300691
ISBN 13: 1440300690
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Leonardo Da Vinci Sketchbook Book Review:

Master of art, science, philosophy, architecture and much more, Leonardo da Vinci was the definition of a Renaissance Man. While many of his works were left unfinished or have badly deteriorated, his drawings and words preserve his genius and remain a critical resource for artists today. Delve into one of history's greatest minds to be guided and inspired by his works and wisdom in The Leonardo da Vinci Sketchbook. From anatomical studies to tonal compositions, master essential techniques, principles and subjects. Pour over the most compelling details of Leonardo's work and follow the guidance within to become a master artist.

Leonardo Da Vinci s Elements of the Science of Man

Leonardo Da Vinci s Elements of the Science of Man
Author: Kenneth D. Keele
Publsiher: Academic Press
Total Pages: 400
Release: 2014-05-10
ISBN 10: 148327747X
ISBN 13: 9781483277479
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci s Elements of the Science of Man Book Review:

Leonardo Da Vinci’s Elements of the Science of Man describes how Da Vinci integrates his mechanical observations and experiments in mechanics into underlying principles. This book is composed of 17 chapters that highlight the principles underlying Da Vinci’s research in anatomical studies. Considerable chapters deal with Leonardo’s scientific methods and the mathematics of his pyramidal law, as well as his observations on the human and animal movements. Other chapters describe the artist’s anatomical approach to the mechanism of the human body, specifically the physiology of vision, voice, music, senses, soul, and the nervous system. The remaining chapters examine the mechanism of the bones, joints, respiration, heart, digestion, and urinary and reproductive systems.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: Charles Nicholl
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 622
Release: 2004
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UCSD:31822034158204
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Leonardo da Vinci is the greatest and most multi-faceted of all the Renaissance artists, his oeuvre encompassing painting, science, philosophy and inventing. This book looks at the life of the complex genius that gave the world infamous works such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper.

Fantastic Animals

Fantastic Animals
Author: Leonardo
Publsiher: Collins Publishers San Francisco
Total Pages: 90
Release: 1976
ISBN 10:
ISBN 13: UOM:39015004121599
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci
Author: George E. Stanley
Publsiher: Simon and Schuster
Total Pages: 166
Release: 2005-10-01
ISBN 10: 1416905707
ISBN 13: 9781416905707
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo Da Vinci Book Review:

Presents the childhood years, family life, early influences, inventions, and masterpieces of this renowned fifteenth-century inventor and artist.

The Shadow Drawing

The Shadow Drawing
Author: Francesca Fiorani
Publsiher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2020-11-17
ISBN 10: 0374715297
ISBN 13: 9780374715298
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Shadow Drawing Book Review:

An entirely new account of Leonardo the artist and Leonardo the scientist, and why they were one and the same man Leonardo da Vinci has long been celebrated for his consummate genius. He was the painter who gave us the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, and the inventor who anticipated the advent of airplanes, hot air balloons, and other technological marvels. But what was the connection between Leonardo the painter and Leonardo the scientist? Historians of Renaissance art have long supposed that Leonardo became increasingly interested in science as he grew older and turned his insatiable curiosity in new directions. They have argued that there are, in effect, two Leonardos—an artist and an inventor. In this pathbreaking new interpretation, the art historian Francesca Fiorani offers a different view. Taking a fresh look at Leonardo’s celebrated but challenging notebooks, as well as other sources, Fiorani argues that Leonardo became familiar with advanced thinking about human vision when he was still an apprentice in a Florence studio—and used his understanding of optical science to develop and perfect his painting techniques. For Leonardo, the task of the painter was to capture the interior life of a human subject, to paint the soul. And even at the outset of his career, he believed that mastering the scientific study of light, shadow, and the atmosphere was essential to doing so. Eventually, he set down these ideas in a book—A Treatise on Painting—that he considered his greatest achievement, though it would be disfigured, ignored, and lost in subsequent centuries. Ranging from the teeming streets of Florence to the most delicate brushstrokes on the surface of the Mona Lisa, The Shadow Drawing vividly reconstructs Leonardo’s life while teaching us to look anew at his greatest paintings. The result is both stirring biography and a bold reconsideration of how the Renaissance understood science and art—and of what was lost when that understanding was forgotten.

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Michael J. Gelb
Publsiher: Dell
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2009-10-21
ISBN 10: 0307573524
ISBN 13: 9780307573520
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

This inspiring and inventive guide teaches readers how to develop their full potential by following the example of the greatest genius of all time, Leonardo da Vinci. Acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, who has helped thousands of people expand their minds to accomplish more than they ever thought possible, shows you how. Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, Gelb introduces Seven Da Vincian Principles—the essential elements of genius—from curiosità, the insatiably curious approach to life to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as your inspiration, you will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. And step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, you will harness the power—and awesome wonder—of your own genius, mastering such life-changing abilities as: •Problem solving •Creative thinking •Self-expression •Enjoying the world around you •Goal setting and life balance •Harmonizing body and mind Drawing on Da Vinci's notebooks, inventions, and legendary works of art, acclaimed author Michael J. Gelb, introduces seven Da Vincian principles, the essential elements of genius, from curiosita, the insatiably curious approach to life, to connessione, the appreciation for the interconnectedness of all things. With Da Vinci as their inspiration, readers will discover an exhilarating new way of thinking. Step-by-step, through exercises and provocative lessons, anyone can harness the power and awesome wonder of their own genius, mastering such life-changing skills as problem solving, creative thinking, self-expression, goal setting and life balance, and harmonizing body and mind.

Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks

Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks
Author: Katy Blatt
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 201
Release: 2018-07-27
ISBN 10: 1527514919
ISBN 13: 9781527514911
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Leonardo da Vinci and The Virgin of the Rocks Book Review:

This is the first book dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci’s commission for The Virgin of the Rocks. Leonardo completed fewer than twenty paintings in his lifetime, yet he returned twice to this same mysterious subject over the course of a twenty-five year period. Identical in terms of iconography, stylistically these paintings are worlds apart. The first, of c.1482-4, was Leonardo’s magnum opus, catapulting the young artist from obscurity to fame. When, in 1508, he finished the second painting, he was nearing the end of his artistic career and had become an international celebrity. Why did he revisit The Virgin of the Rocks? What was the meaning behind the cavernous subterranean landscape? What lies behind the colder monumentality of the second version? This book opens up Leonardo’s world, setting the scene in Republican Florence and the humanist court of the Milanese warlord Ludovico Sforza, to answer these questions. Through lyrical yet scholarly analyses of Leonardo’s paintings, notebooks and technical experimentation, it unveils the secret realms of human dissection and Neo-Platonic philosophy that inspired the creation of the two masterpieces. In doing so, the book reveals that The Virgin of the Rocks holds the key to the greatest philosophical, scientific and personal transformations of Leonardo’s life. Images and links to figures are available at www.virginoftherocks.com.

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Edward McCurdy
Publsiher: Courier Corporation
Total Pages: 384
Release: 2013-06-06
ISBN 10: 048614240X
ISBN 13: 9780486142401
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Mind of Leonardo da Vinci Book Review:

More than just a biography, this classic offers numerous demonstrations of the master’s achievements not only in sculpture and painting but also in music, engineering, and even experimental aviation. 16 black-and-white illustrations.