Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Walter Isaacson

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 1501139150

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 624

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"He was history's most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The [bestselling biographer] brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Drawing on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves 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. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from standing at the intersection of the humanities and technology. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history's most memorable smile on the Mona Lisa. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardo's lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. His 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."--Jacket.

The Machines of Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Reuleaux

Author: Francis C. Moon

Publisher: Springer Science & Business Media

ISBN: 1402055994

Category: Science

Page: 419

View: 3883


This fascinating book will be of as much interest to engineers as to art historians, examining as it does the evolution of machine design methodology from the Renaissance to the Age of Machines in the 19th century. It provides detailed analysis, comparing design concepts of engineers of the 15th century Renaissance and the 19th century age of machines from a workshop tradition to the rational scientific discipline used today.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Charles Nicholl

Publisher: Penguin UK

ISBN: 0141944242

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 640

View: 759


Leonardo is the greatest, most multi-faceted and most mysterious of all Renaissance artists, but extraordinarily, considering his enormous reputation, this is the first full-length biography in English for several decades. Prize-winning author Charles Nicholl has immersed himself for five years in all the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to produce an 'intimate portrait' of Leonardo. He uses these contemporary materials - his notebooks and sketchbooks, eye witnesses and early biographies, etc - as a way into the mental tone and physical texture of his life and has made myriad small discoveries about him and his work and his circle of associates. Among much else, the book identifies what Nicholl argues is an unknown portrait of the artist hanging in a church near Lodi in northern Italy. It also contains new material on his eccentric assistant Tomasso Masini, on his homosexual affairs in Florence, and on his curious relationship with a female model and/or prostitute from Cremona. A masterpiece of modern biography.

The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Leonardo da Vinci

Publisher: Courier Corporation

ISBN: 0486135764

Category: Art

Page: 396

View: 5776


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.

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids

Author: Janis Herbert

Publisher: Chicago Review Press

ISBN: 1613742290

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 104

View: 3820


The marriage of art and science is celebrated in this beautifully illustrated four-color biography and activity book. Kids will begin to understand the important discoveries that da Vinci made through inspiring activities like determining the launch angle of a catapult, sketching birds and other animals, creating a map, learning to look at a painting, and much more. Includes a glossary, bibliography, listing of pertinent museums and Web sites, a timeline, and many interesting sidebars.

Leonardo da Vinci

Author: Anna Abraham

Publisher: New Word City

ISBN: 1612307582

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 190

View: 1893


Leonardo da Vinci personified the Renaissance, the extraordinary age in which he lived. Best known as one of the world’s greatest painters, he sketched the foundations for inventions that would not come to fruition for centuries. Born a bastard in a hillside village in northern Italy, Leonardo became the protégé of princes, popes, and kings. He mastered so many branches of science that scholars still debate whether he was greater as an anatomist, botanist, cartographer, engineer, geographer, or naturalist. Nevertheless, he died unhappy, believing he had failed to work the miracles of which he had dreamed. Here is his extraordinary story.

Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Alessandro Vezzosi

Publisher: Thames & Hudson

ISBN: 9780500300817

Category: Artists

Page: 159

View: 5273


Leonardo da Vinci is one of the outstanding figures of the Renaissance and of all time.

Notebooks

Author: Leonardo (da Vinci),Leonardo da Vinci,,Irma A. Richter,Martin Kemp

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0199299021

Category: Art

Page: 392

View: 9663


This selection offers a cross-section from the 6,000 surviving sheets that constitute Leonardo's notebooks, including his thoughts on landscape, optics, anatomy, architecture, sculpture, and painting. Fully updated, this new edition includes some 70 line drawings and a Preface by Leonardo expert Martin Kemp.

I Am Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Brad Meltzer

Publisher: Dial Books

ISBN: 0525555889

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 40

View: 1805


The famous Renaissance artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is the twentieth hero in the New York Times bestselling picture book biography series. This friendly, fun biography series focuses on the traits that made our heroes great--the traits that kids can aspire to in order to live heroically themselves. Each book tells the story of an icon in a lively, conversational way that works well for the youngest nonfiction readers and that always includes the hero's childhood influences. At the back are an excellent timeline and photos. This book features Leonardo da Vinci, the Renaissance artist and inventor.

Illustrated Biography of Leonardo Da Vinci

Author: Maurice W. Brockwell,General Press

Publisher: GENERAL PRESS

ISBN: 8180320537

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 47

View: 4815


Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, military-engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. His genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance Man, a man of 'unquenchable curiosity' and 'feverishly inventive imagination'. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. Learn more about him in this informative and concise biography!