Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind
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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
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
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
- the cook has called him repestedly because the "Soup is getting cold ..." He is just like us, and yet ...
Leonardo, with all the scope his name ellicits -- lives and breathes in these pages with glorious illustrations.
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