Leonardo da Vinci

Category: Book
By (author): Isaacson, Walter
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Artists, Architects, Photographers
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Historical
  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Science & Technology
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published: October 2018
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 624
Size: 9.25in x 6.12in
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From The Publisher*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).
Review Quote*"As always, [Isaacson] writes with a strongly synthesizing intelligence across a tremendous range; the result is a valuable introduction to a complex subject. . . . Beneath its diligent research, the book is a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it. . . . Most important, Isaacson tells a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life."
-The New Yorker
Review Quote*"To read this magnificent biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through the life and works of one of the most extraordinary human beings of all time and in the company of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is at once a true scholar and a spellbinding writer. And what a wealth of lessons there are to be learned in these pages."
-David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Wright Brothers and 1776
Review Quote*"I've read a lot about Leonardo over the years, but I had never found one book that satisfactorily covered all the different facets of his life and work. Walter-a talented journalist and author I've gotten to know over the years-did a great job pulling it all together. . . .  More than any other Leonardo book I've read, this one helps you see him as a complete human being and understand just how special he was."

-Bill Gates
Review Quote*"Isaacson's essential subject is the singular life of brilliance. . . . Isaacson deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo . . . a masterpiece of concision."
-San Francisco Chronicle
Review Quote*"A captivating narrative about art and science, curiosity and discipline."
-Adam Grant, #1 New York Times Bestselling author of Originals
Review Quote*"He comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson's ambitious new biography . . . a vigorous, insightful portrait of the world's most famous portraitist...Isaacson's purpose is a thorough synthesis, which he achieves with flair."
-The Washington Post
Review Quote*"Walter Isaacson is a renaissance man. . . . Rather like Leonardo, he's driven by a joyful desire to discover. That joy bubbles forth in this magnificent book. In Isaacson, Leonardo gets the biographer he deserves-an author capable of comprehending his often frenetic, frequently weird quest to understand. This is not just a joyful book; it's also a joy to behold. . . . Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing a very human portrait of a genius."
-The Times of London
Review Quote*"The pleasure of an Isaacson biography is that it doesn't traffic in such cynical stuff; the author tells stories of people who, by definition, are inimitable....Isaacson is at his finest when he analyzes what made Leonardo human." 
-The New York Times
Review Quote*"Monumental  . . . Leonardo led an astonishingly interesting eventful life. And Isaacson brilliantly captures its essence."
-The Toronto Star