Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

Walter Isaacson / Sep 19, 2019

Leonardo Da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa But in his own mind he was just as much a man of science and engineering With a passion that some

  • Title: Leonardo Da Vinci
  • Author: Walter Isaacson
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  • Leonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry His ability to stand at the crossLeonardo da Vinci created the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and engineering With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology and weaponry His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history s most creative genius Now Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life, showing why we have much to learn from him His combination of science, art, technology, and imagination remains an enduring recipe for creativity So, too, was his ease at being a bit of a misfit illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical His relentless curiosity should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think differently.

    Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo was born on April Old Style at the third hour of the night in the Tuscan hill town of Vinci, in the lower valley of the Arno river in the territory of the Medici ruled Republic of Florence He was the out of wedlock son of the wealthy Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a Florentine legal notary, and Caterina, a peasant Leonardo da Vinci Biography, Art, Facts Britannica Leonardo da Vinci s parents were unmarried at the time of his birth near a small village named Vinci in the Tuscan region His father, Ser Piero, was a Florentine notary and landlord, and his mother, Caterina, was a young peasant woman who shortly thereafter married an artisan.

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        Walter Isaacson, the CEO of the Aspen Institute, has been chairman of CNN and the managing editor of Time magazine He is the author of Steve Jobs Einstein His Life and Universe Benjamin Franklin An American Life and Kissinger A Biography, and the coauthor of The Wise Men Six Friends and the World They Made He lives in Washington, DC.


    1. ”Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first century, he may have been put on a pharmaceutical regimen to alleviate his mood swings and attention-deficit disorder. One need not subscribe to the artist-as-troubled-genius trope to believe we are fortunate that Le [...]

    2. “ How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?” And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci lived a full and exciting life as he sought to scratch the many itches that came to mind and paved the way for scores of significant discoveries. Isaacson offers a thorough and highly informative piece that will edu [...]

    3. The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one listens; the audiobook follows the pictures one by one in the order they are presented, each picture being referred to in the text. Each is minutely analyzed and discussed. A listener is given clear instructions stating [...]

    4. “he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.” ― Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn't great. Isaacson is one of those former editors of large, popular news magazines who can seemingly throw out a biography every couple years. He loves writing about transformative geniuses and polymaths, thus his books on: S [...]

    5. Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve Jobs biography on nearly every other page. OK, I am exaggerating but only a little bit. Did I learn some stuff about my favorite Renaissance Man? Yes, I did and I did appreciate the insight into the major works and [...]

    6. If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his personality through this book.

    7. Be curious, seek knowledge for its own sake, retain a childlike sense of wonder, observe, procrastinate…the life of Leonardo da Vinci does, indeed, offer a wealth of lessons.I’ve always admired Leonardo da Vinci’s artistic prowess (aka Leonardo from Vinci, I didn’t know that) and thought of him as a Renaissance genius. but I didn’t know his story and what made him the “Leonardo da Vinci”. Now I know that he was not only a genius but also very human, which makes him more accessible. [...]

    8. Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii of all sorts - Jobs, Einstein, Kissinger and Franklin. Surely, adding Leonardo da Vinci to this list must be tempting, but this task, if you ask me, was too difficult for Isaacson to handle. Apparently, Isaacson can [...]

    9. Walter Isaacson never makes Leonardo out to be anymore more than a human being. He points out that art history can often descend into hagiography, especially when it comes to its greatest minds. Both Vasari and Kenneth Clark placed Leonardo on a god-like pedestal, untouched by any other human in history and in possession of a truly divine mind. Isaacson does his best to refute this. He paints Leonardo as almost painfully human, as a man who rarely finished any of the jobs he began and whose atte [...]

    10. There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work.Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessible reading.Mysteries of the man, the artist, scientist and engineer and the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and The Mona Lisa expounded in a glorious work of profound inspiration.A multitude of [...]

    11. Walter is a storyteller.If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation herebut I must warn you.Leonardo was a very complicated man.a genius in his art copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about.he was a scientist,way ahead of his time,and he used science in his art, and mathematics in his paintings. Walter included all the vast details, because that's the type of person Leonardo was.d while reading this book his painting fetched a $450 million doll [...]

    12. Walter Isaacson’s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and they are all littered with images of the pages of da Vinci’s journals, da Vinci’s various artworks, and more. The jacket, also made of a thick paper that I can only imagine the cost of mass production for, featu [...]

    13. Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for.This book is very well written.This book is very longThis book has many interesting facts his paintings are mathematical and he was gay.Did I mention that this book is very long??? This book is full of insane detailsges and pages and pages of insane details.This boo [...]

    14. "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy"A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's starting point for this biography was not his art masterpieces (The Last Supper, Mona Lisa) but rather his notebooks that he left and which survive to this day. They contain sketches and doodles, mathematics, anatomy, and [...]

    15. I don’t have a lot to say about this [edit: coming back after my draft, I see I was mistaken], but in keeping with my New Year’s resolution to put down into words something about each book I read this year, here are my rambling thoughts.First off, I heeded Chrissie’s advice, "To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one listens." well, partial advice anyway. As much as I love audiobooks, I did not want to have to be in front of the compu [...]

    16. Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (/review/show), though she writes it much more eloquently.Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it makes itself clearly known as a thing bestowed by God (as it is), and not acquired by human art.(Vasari, LIFE OF LEONARDO DA VINCI)Where, I believe, Isaacson struggles in this book is thinking that one can just record the life of Leonardo using the [...]

    17. LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2.The first thing I’d like to share is that you needn’t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon’s books (“Ben Franklin,” and “Einstein”) I know his skill with the written word. He has the ability to capture the reader’s attention in such a way that the pages whizz past without your knowing it. This was especially true with this book because of the [...]

    18. I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson was unsuccessful in my opinon of bringing Da Vinci to life probably due to a lack of primary source material on the subject. That is always the bugbear of writing biographies of subjects from so long ago. In this bo [...]

    19. 6 out of 5 :Dগত বছর ওয়াল্টার আইজ্যাকসনের লেখা ২টা বায়োগ্রাফি পড়েছিলাম। I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. গত বছর থেকেই ওঁর লেখা নতুন এই বায়োগ্রাফিটা বের হবার অপেক্ষায় ছিলাম। অবশেষে Once again he ha [...]

    20. I love Walter Isaacsons biographies, they are always engaging, never dry, and I learn so much while being thoroughly entertained because it reads more like a novel many times rather than a dry non-fiction feel to it.Leonardo is obviously one of the most world renown artists ever born, but there’s so much I didn’t know about him.What I loved most was learning about his personality, which I knew nothing about. Sometimes when learning about one of histories greats you sort of cringe because the [...]

    21. This book is masterfully written, lavishly illustrated, and a prime example of intensive research. I had read The author’s biography of Steve Jobs, and also the Innovators which showed how collaboration through the years has brought us to the present digital era.I knew some of Leonardo’s workbooks, journals, sketches and finished paintings were lost to history, but was amazed at how much still remains after more than 500 years. The author states that he was able to find a greater percentage [...]

    22. 4.5/5 starsI know Leonardo da Vinci from many inventions and paintings among which is the Last Supper, a portrait of Jesus Christ with his followers. This made me assume that he, Leonardo, must have been a devoted Christian like the majority during his time. Yet, despite being religious, Leonardo believed that God's creation can be understood via art and science, not the doctrine passed down by the church. This bit surprised me because having such an idea could be severely punished by the church [...]

    23. Excellent in depth look at the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that graced the earth. I thought the author did an amazing biography and felt it was thoroughly researched and touched on so many areas of who he was and why he behaved as he did. Not leaving much in actual works of art, he left us his manuscripts and astounded as with his brilliant and curious mind. The many examples of his work and notes with explanations helped immensely in understanding his work. Highly r [...]

    24. I recently took a course which focused on biography and really enjoyed the texts that had been selected; I wanted to continue reading biographies and Leonardo Da Vinci seemed like a fascinating subject.I still think Leonardo is most likely a fascinating subject, but this book is long and very little of it explores his personal life. About the first two hundred pages are almost entirely art analysis, and it gets quite dry quite quickly in my opinion. My experience with biography is limited, and I [...]

    25. This is more like a college textbook than an entertaining biography (but don't worry, Mr. Isaacson, I plan to continue reading every one of your excellent books), so if you are looking for something light, this is not for you. You have to study this book, refer to the photos, google the history and the main players, so it is a little bit of a chore. But it makes you smarter, so you should do it. 3.5 stars. Would have given it 4, but it really was a fair amount of work & I was still exhausted [...]

    26. All of the stars !! Isaacson (author of the other award winning biography's Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin) does a splendid job here in his latest work. In this beautiful hefty book you'll experience a personal guided tour of the life and works of the man who can only be called a genius. You'll enjoy learning things you didn't even think you wanted to know and perhaps decide that endless curiosity can be a curated gift. Certainly makes me want to return to the Louvre and see some of [...]

    27. والتر ايزاكسون هو افضل كاتب سير ذاتيه يجعلك تغوص في اعماق المبدعين والمشاهير لاانسي اول قراءه عن ستيف جوبز عبقري ابل وبنجامين فرانكلين. اينشتاين والتر يجمع مابين السير الذاتيه واسلوب الحكي الممنهج التي تتسارع فيه الرغبه داخلك لتعرف وتتعلم كيف اصبح دافنشي كذلك مع التركيز عل [...]

    28. This was amazing- I saw Isaacson interviewed on PBS NewsHour discussing his latest biography and his enthusiasm was infectious! I immediately requested it from my library and was number 8 or 9, and figured I might get it in March or April, but somehow I got it last week! I started reading right away, since I’m slow reading non fiction, then found the audiobook available through Scribd, read beautifully by Alfred Molina. It was a real treat to read along with him.I’ve always wondered about Le [...]

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