LEONARDO DA VINCI

by Walter Isaacson

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    • The book is fascinating! The quality of the book is about the worst I have ever seen. There’s virtually no glue binding the pages. I bought this as a gift for my husband. He’s very careful with books but even with gentle reading, this book started to fall apart before he had even gotten through the first several chapters. I just hope it stays together enough so he can finish it.We order a lot from Amazon - I have ne era received anything that was such inferior quality. I hope Amazon will investigate their supplier for books and find a new supplier who will deliver quality commensurate with the price paid. This isn’t worth a buck in its present state. We like to pass along books that we enjoy but I’m afraid this one is destined for the trash/recycling. What a shame. What a waste. :(
    • Walter Isaacson does a wonderful job portraying the life of Leonardo da Vinci. The text goes more or kess in chronological order and is, in my opinion, the best biography of Leonardo out there. Bramly's biography comes close but is clearly out of date (not mentioning recent attributions). Isaacson clearly knows the historiography. He repeatedly cites scholars like Martin Kemp in telling the stories of recent attributions (Salvator Mundi, La Bella Principessa). Isaacson is also familiar with the work of Toby Lester (Vitruvian Man, Francesco di Giorgio). In terms of history, Isaacson has a clear general grasp of the great men who influenced Leonardo (such as Alberti). Leonardo's various interests, skills, shortcomings, and curiosity are explored in great detail. Additionally, the book is well-illustrated and includes numerous images from his notebooks, his paintings, and key locations. Finally, Leonardo da Vinci has a current biography aimed at a popular audience written by perhaps the greatest biographer of the early-twentieth century. I highly recommend this text.
    • I recall Joshua Cohen’s opening sentence of his novel The Book of Numbers: “If you’re reading this on a screen [redacted!] off. I’ll only talk if I’m gripped with both hands.” Walter Isaacson’s latest book Leonardo da Vinci cries out for that tactile experience. I’ve collected books for twenty years – from the 15th Century to the Present – and this biography is perhaps the most finely crafted, and most beautifully illustrated, book – I’ve seen in many years (The most recent contemporary corollary is Giulio Tononi’s “Phi: A Voyage from the Brain to the Soul”). I’m willing to delay my judgment of the writing quality given that I’ve read the inestimable “Einstein” by the same author. In sum: Buy It, Read It, Enjoy It. This is a rare gift.
    • While decidedly an affectionate biography, Isaacson is able to piece together the thought process of a genius. As he states at the outset, the previous subjects of his biographies have all one common element - the multidisciplinary approach of their thinking. Perhaps what comes through in this epic biography, is the profound power of observation. Whether it is in the description of 67 different words to describe flow of water, or the to-do lists of da Vinci. the various attempts to "square a triangle or circle", Isaacson is able to (poetically) describe the power of observation, meticulous planning, and a genuine sense of curiosity. Of course, Mona Lisa and the Last Supper gets its own well-deserved chapters, but the descriptions on how Leonardo explore the human anatomy and distilled principles from Physics for his paintings is fascinating, entertaining and inspiring.Using an example from Freud, Isaacson humbly channels the difficulty of trying to psychoanalyze a genius who lived generations ago; but the reliance of the sketches and work-in-progress, citations, and a powerful narration able to 'connect-the-dots' makes for a sensitive portrayal. The reliance on the sketches as the primary references to build the narrative of Leonardo's thought process is not only unique but also challenges a reader to think beyond finished product and enjoy and respect the process. The final chapter on potential lessons for a reader - sort of life lessons from Leonardo - is in itself well worth the book.The book (physical) is a joy to hold; one wishes that the publisher had created a pull out of the wonderful timeline that the book starts off with.. some of the photos could have made into landscape for readers to better appreciate the detail; a reader is likely to significantly benefit from investing in Leonardo da Vinci: Complete Paintings and Drawings . One will be able to better appreciate the process and the product with these two wonderful books in hand.
    • On this Thanksgiving Day 2017 I am grateful that I am able to sit down quietly and read Isaacson's biography of a man who died almost exactly 500 years ago. A man whose story describes the turning point in history , the Renaissance, when the unknown craftsman became the artist of the posterity, a common man could be come a celebrity, whose personality would itself become subject of admiration and study for the ages. As Walter Isaacson noted about Einstein, the lives of such personalities are now more relevant than ever - they lived life on their own terms, depending not on community or tradition for their achievements, their own inventions their own creations their only reward. And so it is for every man, woman alive today - we have Google, Amazon, and (yuck) Facebook - and can get all the information we want, buy anything we need to satisfy our dreams and follow where our curiousity and imagination will lead us ; 'Stay hungry, stay foolish' as Steve Jobs would say. We are no longer bound by custom and tradition, but as Steve Jobs again reminded young Stanford grads 'You are all going to die soon' Death is greatest change agent of life ' and we must define ourselves in the time we have by what we do, what we create, what we leave behind. There is no instruction book, unfortunately, on how to be unique, how to be creative, how to find and keep your identity in a world where everyone can be a prophet on the Internet, everyone a genius, everyone a madman. We can only give thanks that we have such marvelous examples provided to us - by one of the greatest biographers (along with David McCullough) of all time. Happy Thanksgiving!