Friday, April 13, 2018

Leonardo


Leonardo Da Vinci – beyond brilliant man. Artist, sculptor, architect, inventor, imagination extraordinaire. This genius is beyond adjectives and description. Yet, author Walter Isaacson, in his opus – Leonardo Da Vinci– brings the man alive in amazing detail.  This book is heavy – both physically and linguistically. This is a rich book – the publication is beautiful: lovely presentation, rich reproductions of paintings, and dense printing – nice pages. This is not a cheap book and I advise buying the official hardcover. It’s worth the investment.

Cover blurb – Leonardo’s ability to combine art and science, made iconic by his drawing of what may be himself inside a  circle and a square, remains the enduring recipe for innovation. 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.

That’s the key to this fascinating book – question. Leonardo woke up thinking outside the box. Every day was an experiment – whether art, sculpture, defense weapons, flying, and any scientific properties, he conducted experiments, kept journals, and asked questions.  Optics, math, perspectives in art, autopsies – you name it – he dug in deep to find answers.  Every page of this book is filled with extraordinary research on a man who affects life today. Isaacson’s writing keeps the reader engaged and amazed. Contemplate the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and more. Just wow…….

L is for Leonardo Da Vinci – the man, the book – explore and learn more………and just say wow.

15 comments:

  1. DaVinci was a brilliant mind. I bet the book about him is fascinating.

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    1. this is an excellent read and it's non-fiction

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  2. Hi Joanne - yes I've always said 'wow' - when my Ma and I went to Milan we went down to his science museum ... so fascinating to see his inventions and ideas - I've had posters up of his works etc ... and have written about him. I've left books behind about him - I shall return to read in due course - but your book looks so special - cheers Hilary

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    1. this is right up your alley. Plenty of detail and well written. You feel like you know the man (and would like him - quite a charmer, apparently)

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  3. He sure had quite the mind and always thinking. The way to be.

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  4. DaVinci was amazing....so ahead of his time.

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    1. indeed. He was multi-faceted and talented

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  5. Will certainly give this book a look...probably at the library since I don't collect Art books anymore, although DaVinci is truly a favorite. Studied him in depth for Art History and enjoyed sharing him with my Jr. High Art Students. Their amazement with his accomplishments was amazing.

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    1. you will definitely dig deep into this book with your art background

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  6. Sounds like a fascinating book.

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  8. He certainly was an artist in a million Joaane.
    Excellent post.

    Yvonne.

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