Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

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Baker & Taylor
Attempts to unlock the secret of the great Renaissance man's love of art and science.

Book News
Nuland, a surgeon who wrote the award-winning How we die , begins this brief biography by sketching out his "near-idolatrous fascination" with the life of Leonardo, a "creature of ideas" who "flashed across his time and was gone, leaving a vast body of work almost none of which except the paintings could be fully appreciated until centuries after his death." It's difficult not to be fascinated along with Nuland as his lovely prose delineates the life of the unschooled artist, anatomist, inventor, philosopher, architect. The work fits nicely in the hand, but lacks a subject index. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Blackwell North Amer
In Leonardo da Vinci, Sherwin Nuland completes his twenty-year quest to understand an unlettered man who was painter, architect, engineer, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist. What was it that propelled Leonardo's insatiable curiosity? How could he be, in the same moment, as naive as a child and as profound as a sage?
Nuland finds clues in his subject's art, relationships, and scientific studies - as well as in the manuscripts spotlighted by their sale at auction to Bill Gates. Nuland detects the siren voice that lured the great artist so often into the arms of science - his fascination with anatomy, first as the basis for his paintings and then as the crucial component in his aim to systematize all knowledge of nature.

& Taylor

The author of How We Die tackles the life of Leonardo da Vinci, sharing clues to unlock the secret of the great Renaissance man's love of art and science. 25,000 first printing.

Publisher: New York : Viking, 2000.
ISBN: 9780670893911
Characteristics: 170 p. : ill. ; 20 cm.


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