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Leonardo da Vinci

by Walter Isaacson

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson
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  • First Published:
    Oct 2017, 624 pages
    Paperback:
    Oct 16, 2018, 576 pages

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Borrowing from Leonardo da Vinci's own notebooks, Walter Isaacson paints a compelling portrait of the dazzling genius.

The name Leonardo da Vinci is one of the most recognized in all of Western history, and his paintings are some of the most beloved works of the Renaissance. In November 2017, Salvator Mundi, which still has experts disagreeing over whether Leonardo actually painted it, sold for a record-breaking $450 million. When tackling such a well-known figure, it takes both skill and creativity to share new insights with readers. Thanks to his innovative use of source materials, Walter Isaacson has done just that in his latest biography, Leonardo da Vinci.

Isaacson quickly sketches Leonardo's early life as the illegitimate son of a middle-class notary. Rather than be shunned because of his status, Leonardo, born in 1452, grew up surrounded by family, seemingly untroubled by his being a bit of an outsider who showed artistic talent at an early age. In reconstructing his life story beyond ...

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