Leonardo Da Vinci: The Flights of the Mind
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This is a portrait in the Leonardo man ...more
I started reading this book as most people would, from the beginning to the end, and ended up putting it back on the shelf for awhile. I picked it up again and skipped to the chapters I was most interested in and ended up reading ...more
The author was definitely most interested in Leonardo Da Vinci as a painter. He speculates about the origins, possible models, and hidden meanings of Leonardo's paintings ad nauseum while giving a ...more
I was not aware of his personal failings. Mostly he was bad with money and bad with completing projects on time. Even through all that he was much admired in his time; although the Mona Lisa didn't become super famous until someone stole it back in 1911 ...more
"Leonardo was...'the most relentlessly curious man in history'."
"The proper way to experience nature...is alone. 'While you are alone your are entirely your own; and if you have but one companion you are but half your own.'"
"'Those who take for their standard anything but Nature, the mistress of all masters, weary themselves in vain.' ...more
In fairness to Charles Nicholl, he may not have unearthed any revelationary ‘with new evidence from recently opened archives’ material (the timeless justification for another biography of Josef Stalin), but he does pull everything that is known together with a rare clarity and di ...more
Forget Dan Brown's fictional Da Vinci Code (**** May/June 2003); here's the real deal. Award-winning author Nicholl draws on Leonardo's notebooks to delve deep inside the mind of the beloved Renaissance icon. Celebrating Leonardo's life and projects with contagious excitement and putting his achievements in the context of the Italian Renaissance as a whole, Nicholl considers Leonardo's inspirations and influences. If we learn little new about Leonardo's most famous works or his competition with...more
Overall this book is great for an earnest and detailed view of Leonardo's life. For some, like myself, it was a little too detailed however the image you get of Leonardo is one that seems the m ...more