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The Da Vinci Legacy: How a 16th Century Solitary Genius Became a Global Pop Icon

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For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times.

Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist of the High Renaissance. Although he produced few finished works, it was Leonardo who
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Hardcover, 320 pages
Published April 30th 2019 by Apollo Publishers
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Lou
May 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
Being a long time admirer of art and the surrounding culture I couldn't pass by the opportunity to read more about arguably the most revered and influential Renaissance painter, but I was concerned that this may be a lot like other titles I have read which merely discuss the art and not the truly fascinating man behind it; however, I needn't have worried as The da Vinci Legacy combines the two: we get some breakdown and analysis of his works, accompanied by some stunning illustrations, so that e ...more
Janet
Mar 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
I received a DIGITAL Advance Reader Copy of this book from #NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

From the publisher, as I do not regurgitate the contents or story of books in reviews, I let them do it.

For the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an acclaimed art historian and an art connoisseur uncover how this elusive artist became a pop icon with megastar status in modern times.

Virtually everyone would agree that Leonardo da Vinci was the most important artist
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Ivana de B.
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On the 2nd of May this year we marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Alas, it was only sensible to expect an avalanche of books about him and his work to come out this year. Being who I am, an art history student and enthusiast, I grabbed every single one I saw.

The Da Vinci Legacy: How a 16th Century Solitary Genius Became a Global Pop Icon is a pseudo-biographical non-fiction book written by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown.

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Kathy
What a fascinating man Leonardo da Vinci was, and what an excellent read this is!!

This book really delivers it all, showing how Da Vinci was seen in his day as compared to his peers, and how his extremely curious mind and his desire to get it exact got in the way of him completing projects and often hampered his standing in the artist’s community and favor with political powers. His genius put him so far ahead of the time that he lived in! The brilliance of the works he did complete, and even h
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Paul Chimera
A trenchant look at a Renaissance Master who has remained a bit of an enigma, yet is revealed like never before in this extraordinarily well-researched, beautifully written book. The authors have managed to be both scholarly and "reader-friendly," combining little-known facts and analysis with an easy-to-read style that keeps one's page-turning hands busy! I never knew Leonardo like I do now, thanks to The Da Vinci Legacy.
Charles Serabian
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Professor Isbouts has great skill in bringing to light things we thought we knew about popular figures of art history, and shifting our perspective on them slightly while giving us new information. I've read many books on Da Vinci, and this one in particular is top tier.
Matilda Hinson
Feb 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Really enjoyed this book. The discoveries in this book are just fascinating! So much research must have been done by the authors. Absolutely amazing!
Alan Brevis
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing
What a delightful book . Received a reader and enjoyed this much more so than Walter Issacson book on Da Vinci ... well done authors. Bravo five stars
James Brown
Feb 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read by knowledable authors. Best of their several books about this revered artist.
Sabrina Duncan
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Great read! What a brilliant person Leonardo was. The information in this book is just fascinating!
Nm
Mar 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
A thank you to NetGalley for a copy of this title.
As a fan of most things da Vinci related, I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this book offering a different aspect from which to consider our understanding and appreciation of the great Leonardo da Vinci. The numerous works trying to piece together scarce clues to the life and work of this gifted man, or attempting to understand what made his mind and spirit tick like some magical machine, are too many to count. This read elegantly separates t
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Frankie Stanley
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
would highly recommend this book. Amazing authors
Matt
May 23, 2019 rated it liked it
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The Da Vinci Legacy: How an Elusive 16th-century Artist Became a Global Pop Icon written by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Brown was certainly an interesting read. However, I think the scope was much too wide for the length of the novel, and consequently key details were missed.

Had more attention been paid to the finer details, such as the translation of all quotes rather than select ones; the presence of artworks in line with the discussion and not watermarked; and the phrasing
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Jeff
Sep 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Fascinating reading! The history and events surrounding Da Vinci, his genius, and his surviving work-- is, and always will be a bit of a mystery. This well-documented volume strives to put all the pieces in place, with extensive research and resources, to reason how and why Da Vinci's influence and legacy are what they are today.

I was familiar with bits and pieces of the stories, particularly in regard to the Mona Lisa. I had no idea the Isleworth Mona Lisa existed. The Last Supper and it's man
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Melody Cable
Mar 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Love the bright cover of this book!!
R P
Mar 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Awesome book!!!
Amanda H
Feb 20, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Interesting, intelligent, intriguing...5 star read
Lecy
Jun 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
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I am a true Da Vinci nerd and will spend more time than I'd care to admit reading about and researching his life and work. This book takes a look at how Da Vinci's work influenced thousands of other artists of his time and after, along with science, literature, and politics. In addition to the text, there are a hundred color images, including side-by-side comparisons of Da Vinci's originals and pieces that were inspired by them. If you are a fan of Da Vinci or art history, you'll love this one. ...more
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May 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
This is a wonderful book but you have to be interested in history and art This is not a novel that tells a story. This book tries to give back the facts and the author has a good way of explaining the legacy of Leonardo da Vinci.
What kind of effect he had in his own time period and after he died. As in any historical book there might be some discrepancies in the facts but in general this was a well researched book and very informative. If you are an e-book reader do not try to read on a sm
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JEAN-PIERRE ISBOUTS is a humanities scholar and graduate professor in the doctoral programs at Fielding Graduate University in Santa Barbara, California. He has published widely on the origins of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, including the bestseller Biblical World: An Illustrated Atlas; Young Jesus: Restoring the "Lost Years" of a Social Activist and Religious Dissident; From Moses to Muhamme ...more