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Leonardo Da Vinci

Flights of the Mind

By Charles Nicholl

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Format: Paperback, 622 pages
Other Information: Illustrated
Published In: United States, 01 November 2005
In this engaging and thoroughly researched biography, Charles Nicholl uncovers the man behind the myth of the great Renaissance master. At times a painter, sculptor, inventor, draftsman, and anatomist, Leonardo s life cannot easily be summarized. And yet, Nicholl skillfully traces the artist s early days as an illegitimate child in Tuscany; his apprenticeship with Verrocchio in Florence; his service with some of the most powerful Renaissance families; his relationships with Michelangelo and Machiavelli; and his final days at the French royal court. In addition, Nicholl looks beyond the well-known stories of Leonardo s famous masterpieces, and gives us a glimpse into the artist s everyday life. We learn of Leonardo s penchant for jokes, his fascination with flight, his obsessive note making, and even what he ate. Nicholl weaves these details together in a fascinating portrait that goes far towards revealing the enigmatic figure who continues to fascinate present-day readers."

About the Author

Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography, and travel, including the highly regarded The Reckoning. He has presented two documentaries for British television and has lectured in Britain, Italy, and the United States.

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..".Witty, penetrating and fetchingly romantic.... Charles Nicholl's Leonardo Da Vinci isn't merely a lovely book, it's Leonardoesque. Leonardo knew how to make drawings and paintings glow with lyrical mystery. At its best, Nicholl's book glows too. The New York Times Book Review"[A] deeply researched, engaging and illuminating biography... masterfully woven together." The Washington Post"

EAN: 9780143036128
ISBN: 0143036122
Publisher: Penguin Books
Dimensions: 21.44 x 13.97 x 3.15 centimetres (0.54 kg)
Age Range: 15+ years
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Many biographies of Leonardo da Vinci have been written but for me this is the best. It is exceptionally readable (you'll find yourself polishing it off in no time at all) and yet deeply researched. Nicholl is very good at tracing the events in Leonardo's life and placing his artwork and his studies into a very illuminating timeline. A great book about a great man.

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