Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Flights of the Mind

Book - 2004
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Baker & Taylor
A major new biography of the Renaissance artist, intellectual, scientist, and genius brings to life the complex world of a remarkable man, drawing on original translations of Leonardo's notebooks, as well as recently discovered contemporary accounts, to reconstruct his life and times, from his troubled childhood to his stunning accomplishments in a variety of fields. 35,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Painter, draftsman, inventor, anatomist, musician and philosopher, Leonardo da Vinci is the most multifaceted of all the great Renaissance artists - and also the most mysterious. Though celebrated for centuries for his momentous achievements, the man himself has remained curiously elusive and much of his story in shadow.
Leonardo: Flights of the Mind paints the most convincing and intimate portrait yet of the complex, original and endlessly curious individual behind the legendary Renaissance genius and universal man. It traces Leonardo's remarkable journey from his obscure beginnings as an illegitimate child in provincial Tuscany through his apprenticeship in the Florentine workshop of Verrocchio, his years of service with the great magnates of Renaissance Italy - Medici, Sforza, Borgia - his relationships with Michelangelo and Machiavelli, his fame as one of the most illustrious figures of his age and his final days in the service of Francis I of France.
Charles Nicholl has made many new discoveries about Leonardo and his circle - including a previously unknown portrait of him - and explores the stories behind the creation of such world-famous works as the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. But his book is exceptional above all for its penetration of Leonardo's personality and the extraordinary "flights" of his mind and for its vivid re-creation of the physical texture and day-to-day minutiae of his life - what he ate and wore, his jokes and riddles and his almost obsessive note making on everything from the structure of the solar system to the mechanics of sneezing.

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Provides a look at the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci, discussing his development as an artist, scientist, engineer, and inventor, and includes details such as what he ate and wore.

Publisher: New York, N.Y., U.S.A. : Viking Penguin, 2004
Edition: 1st American ed
ISBN: 9780670033454
Branch Call Number: B LEONARDO
Characteristics: xiv, 622, [1] p. : ill. (some col.) ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: Leonardo da Vinci,1452-1519
Alternative Title: Flights of the mind


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