Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo da Vinci

byWalter Isaacson

Kobo ebook | October 17, 2017

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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).

Title:Leonardo da VinciFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:October 17, 2017Publisher:Simon & SchusterLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1501139177

ISBN - 13:9781501139178


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Leonardo is not a Ninja Turtle, Come Meet the Man. Excellent piece of work that delved into the life of Da Vinci. It also provided the reader with a clear grasp of Da Vinci's inventions and how they shaped history.
Date published: 2018-12-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome Book!! Earlier I loved 'Steve Jobs' by Walter Isaacson and was very excited when this book released. And this one is probably one of the best biographies of Da Vinci. The book is very much readable despite it's detailed coverage. The overall production quality of the book is also awesome with plenty of illustrations, excellent paper and binding quality!!!
Date published: 2018-08-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Informative and great read Gives the reader a look not only at the painter but at the world in which he lived
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from So good!! Beautifully written. Would recommend to anyone who is interested in Leonardo Da Vinci and his history.
Date published: 2018-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this! I bought this book to gain information on Leomardo da Vinci but came away with so much more! The history of the times, the number of well known people that existed in history along with him. The number of items that he discovered but never published to the wider world. The case against procrastination, and for it. Such an interesting individual! I also now look at art in a totally different way.
Date published: 2018-05-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Impressive details! Very interesting and definitely depicts how creative da Vinci was! Great book for anyone who is a fan of the Renaissance and of art!
Date published: 2018-04-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from art is exquisite my son is an artist currently studying at an art university so i thought to buy this for him for Christmas. He was really impressed. Ofcourse he is familiar with Leonardo Da Vinci's work having studied them but found this book in line with what he already knew but still kept an open mind and was pleased with how it was written historically factual
Date published: 2018-03-04
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not What I Wanted! I picked this book while en route to my holidays. I was a little disappointed - there could have been a lot of ways the style of writing could have been improved.
Date published: 2018-02-28
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Ok Could be better written and more fact-sourced knowledge as opposed to opinionated paragraphs.
Date published: 2018-02-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautiful I love just how much detail there is in regards to his life. I had read another book about LDV and it wasn't as detailed. about his personal life and put a lot more focus into just his artwork. This book was fantastic.
Date published: 2018-02-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from an interesting portrait not exactly what i was expecting. a masterpiece? no, perhaps the man himself was, but not this book
Date published: 2018-01-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from in depth In depth account of Leonardo Da Vinci's life. I liked learning about Leonardo and his art and creations. Very heavy book. Enjoy the pictures of his art, new appreciation.
Date published: 2018-01-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok This book did not hold my attention. The characters were flat
Date published: 2018-01-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this book! Kept my rapt attention and interest throughout. Fascinating details, eg. Bill Gates owns some of the (hip) notes Leonardo jotted down every day. Remarkable info re painting genius.
Date published: 2018-01-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I had my issues with the plotline and sensibility, but it was fine for a quick read.
Date published: 2018-01-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Relatively Enjoyable I enjoyed this book while I read it from beginning to end, but it's not going to be for everyone. Personally I'm glad I read it but I probably won't come back to it again; I have a friend who I think would enjoy it though.
Date published: 2018-01-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully done!!! Masterpiece!!! Learned a lot reading this and it was much more interesting then I thought it would be!
Date published: 2018-01-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great A great biography for a great man.
Date published: 2017-12-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Alright It's an alight book, but seems a bit all over the place, couldn't really hold my attention
Date published: 2017-12-29
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok I loved it to the ending. The ending was a bit too much, but I have hope that the series will be redeemed
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifully written An interesting read with vibrant images to say the least
Date published: 2017-12-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting Bio. The first thing I’d like to share is that you needn’t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon’s books (“Ben Franklin,” and “Einstein”) I know his skill with the written word. He has the ability to capture the reader’s attention in such a way that the pages whizz past without your knowing it. This was especially true with this book because of the inclusion of so many illustrations of art works and reproductions from Leonardo’s notebooks. His approach to telling us about this great artist was to – in a sense – to use his own words. Leonardo early on developed the habit of keeping notebooks with him; jotting down thoughts and questions, and doodling illustrations for his many ideas. What a great chronicle to follow his life. That’s what Isaacson did. What we are treated to in a rather intimate examination of those notebooks that lets us follow the artist in a chronological manner. Of course, if background information was needed, then Isaacson jumped in with that. The result was a thorough and fascinating look at the artists: his thoughts and his works. This has got to be the best biography yet to be written about one of the world’s best artists.
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great book! Very well written and interesting!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read Very good read - did not really know anything when I picked up the book. It was very interesting!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WONDERful! I bought this book a few years ago and I absolutely loved it! This book is emotionally moving and has a WONDERful story to share!
Date published: 2017-12-20
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok While I saw parts of the plot coming I was incredibly surprised by the ending.
Date published: 2017-12-19
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Interesting! Learned a lot reading this and it was much more interesting then I thought it would be!
Date published: 2017-12-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Masterpiece ! I love Walter Isaacson books and this one does not disappoint. Incredibly well written and interesting. I read a review of this book and the man said it was terrible and he couldn’t finish it. I can only say for myself that i recommend it to art and history lovers as the book gives you details of all of Leonardo’s works. If your interested in never looking at this masters work the same way again then this is the book you need. I couldn’t put it down. I loved it ❤️
Date published: 2017-12-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Awesome read A much better read than I was expecting.
Date published: 2017-12-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING READ! Truly an amazing and inspirational book!! Well done! MUST READ!!
Date published: 2017-12-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Incredible!! What an incredible book!! Very well written and researched!! Da Vinci truly was a genius!!!
Date published: 2017-12-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wow An inspirational book. Comprehensive study on a genius
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from pretty good if you liked the movie, then go ahead and read this book
Date published: 2017-11-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from AMAZING Fun and very interesting to read
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok nonetheless, it was entertaining and definitely kept me interested
Date published: 2017-11-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great insightful read Everything Isaccson touches is gold. Amazing and insightful read.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing An intriguing read for a brilliant mind.
Date published: 2017-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Thorough examination of a brilliant mind
Date published: 2017-11-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Intriguing An interesting read about a complex life.
Date published: 2017-11-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I loved this book I borrowed a copy from a friend, and am on my way to pick up my own copy. great read
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Amazing book, definitely suggest it to a friend.
Date published: 2017-11-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from good fun read, interesting life
Date published: 2017-10-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Good book and would recommend people read about de Medicis as well
Date published: 2017-10-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from brilliant bought two for CHRISTMAS presents
Date published: 2017-10-21