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Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Title Leonardo da Vinci
Author Walter Isaacson
Publisher Simon and Schuster
Release Date 2017-10-17
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 624
ISBN 9781501139178
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography that is “a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it…Most important, it is a powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life” (The New Yorker). Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo’s genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. 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. In the “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance to be imaginative and, like talented rebels in any era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes to life in all his remarkable brilliance and oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious new biography…a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

Lives Of Leonardo Da Vinci by Giorgio Vasari

Title Lives of Leonardo da Vinci
Author Giorgio Vasari
Publisher Getty Publications
Release Date 2019-10-29
Category Art
Total Pages 166
ISBN 9781606066218
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A new title in the successful Lives of the Artists series, which offers illuminating, and often intimate, accounts of iconic artists as viewed by their contemporaries. Coinciding with the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo (1452–1519), Lives of Leonardo da Vinci brings together important early biographies of the polymath by Giorgio Vasari, Paolo Giovio, and anonymous authors. This illustrated volume also features recollections by the humanist scholar Sabba di Castiglione; Matteo Bandello’s eyewitness account of the artist creating one of his most famous works, The Last Supper; and letters written by a variety of contemporary authors, including Leonardo himself.

Title DK Life Stories Leonardo da Vinci
Author Stephen Krensky
Publisher Penguin
Release Date 2020-02-25
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 128
ISBN 9780744022520
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Discover the inspiring story of Leonardo da Vinci, the artist, inventor, and engineer of the Italian Renaissance... Leonardo was a creative genius who wanted to understand how things worked. This book traces his life, from his birth in a hilltop village near Florence, Italy, through to his work as a painter, sculptor, and engineer. Leonardo made hundreds of drawings and paintings, including the Mona Lisa - probably the most famous painting in the world. Learn how Leonardo made detailed sketches of the human body and designs of parachutes, helicopters, and armored tanks - many years before the technology existed to build them. This new kids' biography series from DK goes beyond the basic facts to tell the true life stories of history's most interesting and inspiring people. Full-color photographs and hand-drawn illustrations complement age-appropriate narrative text to create an engaging book children will enjoy reading. Definition boxes, information sidebars, inspiring quotes, and other nonfiction text features add depth, and a handy reference section at the back makes DK Life Stories the one biography series everyone will want to collect.

Title The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Giorgio Vasari
Publisher Unknown
Release Date 2019-01-31
Category ART
Total Pages 128
ISBN 0500239851
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Giorgio Vasari's 'Lives of the Most Famous Painters, Sculptors and Architects' (1550 and 1569) is a classic of cultural history. A monumental assembly of artists' lives from Giotto to Michelangelo, it paints a vivid picture of the progress of art in the hands of individual masters. No Life is more vivid than that of Leonardo, a near-contemporary of Vasari - not even Vasari's account of Michelangelo, whom he knew and idolized. 0This beautiful edition offers a literary translation that respects the 16th-century Italian, transposing Vasari's vocabulary into its modern equivalent. Martin Kemp is an eminent scholar, who has written on the vocabulary of Renaissance writings on art, and has co-translated Leonardo on Painting and Leonardo's Codex Leicester. Translated in partnership with Lucy Russell, the text will be the first to cover both the 1550 edition and the expanded version of 1568, and the first to integrate the texts of the two editions on the page. Discreet endnotes will provide succinct comments in the light of modern knowledge of Leonardo's career. 0Illustrated with all the works of art discussed by Vasari and a selection of Leonardo's studies of science and technology, this will be the perfect accompaniment to Leonardo's 500th anniversary celebrations.

Title The Life and Works of Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Rosalind Ormiston
Publisher Lorenz Books
Release Date 2017-09
Category Artists
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0857231502
Language English, Spanish, and French
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A fascinating biography of the Renaissance artist and inventor, and gallery of paintings and drawings.

Chiaroscuro by Pat McGreal

Title Chiaroscuro
Author Pat McGreal
Publisher Vertigo
Release Date 2005
Category Comics & Graphic Novels
Total Pages 254
ISBN UOM:39015063232329
Language English, Spanish, and French
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It looks at Leonardo from the view-point of his ne'er-do-well apprentice and servant Giacomo, known forever to history as Salai, whom Leonardo describes as "lying, thieving, gluttonous", but who none the less spends most of his life in a complex relationship with the Maestro. Along the way we encounter Machievelli, Cesare Borgia, Michelangelo, Katerina (a dwarf with a unique talent!) and the model for the painting Mona Lisa.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Martin Clayton

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Martin Clayton
Publisher Rizzoli Electa
Release Date 2018-10-30
Category Art
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0847859401
Language English, Spanish, and French
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On the heels of Walter Isaacson's beloved new biography (Fall 2017), and increased media attention (as 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the artist's death), this book's appeal will extend beyond the devoted and numerous members of Leonardo's audience to reach a popular one. The most comprehensive collection of Leonardo da Vinci's drawings provides an intimate look at the mind and hand of the genius.

Becoming Leonardo by Mike Lankford

Title Becoming Leonardo
Author Mike Lankford
Publisher Melville House
Release Date 2017-03-28
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781612195964
Language English, Spanish, and French
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"I found Mr. Lankford’s writing thought-provoking and Mr. Isaacson’s thought-stifling. Mr.Lankford proposes a great many insights...With immediacy and grace, Becoming Leonardo starts on a high note and gets better to the very end."—WALL STREET JOURNAL A Wall Street Journal 2017 Book of the Year A Spectator 2017 Book of the Year Why did Leonardo Da Vinci leave so many of his major works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist build war machines for the notorious Borgias? Why did he carry the Mona Lisa with him everywhere he went for decades, yet never quite finish it? Why did he write backwards, and was he really at war with Michelangelo? And was he gay? In a book unlike anything ever written about the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes every cliché about Da Vinci and then reconstructs him based on a rich trove of available evidence—bringing to life for the modern reader the man who has been studied by scholars for centuries, yet has remained as mysterious as ever. Seeking to envision Da Vinci without the obscuring residue of historical varnish, the sights, sounds, smells, and feel of Renaissance Italy—usually missing in other biographies—are all here, transporting readers back to a world of war and plague and court intrigue, of viciously competitive famous artists, of murderous tyrants with exquisite tastes in art …. Lankford brilliantly captures Da Vinci's life as the compelling and dangerous adventure it seems to have actually been—fleeing from one sanctuary to the next, somehow surviving in war zones beside his friend Machiavelli, struggling to make art his way or no way at all ... and often paying dearly for those decisions. It is a thrilling and absorbing journey into the life of a ferociously dedicated loner, whose artwork in one way or another represents his noble rebellion, providing inspiration that is timeless.

Leonardo by Serge Bramly

Title Leonardo
Author Serge Bramly
Publisher Penguin Group USA
Release Date 1994
Category Art
Total Pages 493
ISBN 0140231757
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Recreates the life and times of Leonardo da Vinci, capturing his insecurities about his place in society and describing his ferocious desire to understand the mysteries of the universe.

Title Leonardo da Vinci for Kids
Author Janis Herbert
Publisher Chicago Review Press
Release Date 1998-10-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 104
ISBN 9781613742297
Language English, Spanish, and French
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The marriage of art and science is celebrated in this beautifully illustrated four-color biography and activity book. Kids will begin to understand the important discoveries that da Vinci made through inspiring activities like determining the launch angle of a catapult, sketching birds and other animals, creating a map, learning to look at a painting, and much more. Includes a glossary, bibliography, listing of pertinent museums and Web sites, a timeline, and many interesting sidebars.

Fantastic Animals by Leonardo

Title Fantastic Animals
Author Leonardo
Publisher Collins Publishers San Francisco
Release Date 1976
Category Animals
Total Pages 90
ISBN UOM:39015004121599
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Leonardo Da Vinci by Sherwin B. Nuland

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Sherwin B. Nuland
Publisher Viking Adult
Release Date 2000
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 170
ISBN UCSD:31822028762078
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

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

Leonardo Da Vinci by Rosalind Ormiston

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Rosalind Ormiston
Publisher Southwater Publishing
Release Date 2011
Category Art
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0754823261
Language English, Spanish, and French
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An expert and comprehensive new reference book on the life and works of influential artist, engineer, inventor and scientist Leonardo da Vnci

Title The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci
Author Leonardo da Vinci
Publisher Courier Corporation
Release Date 2012-07-12
Category Art
Total Pages 396
ISBN 9780486135762
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Book Summary:

Volume 1 of 2-volume set. Total of 1,566 extracts includes writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, mining, inventions, and music. Dual Italian-English texts, with 186 plates plus over 500 additional drawings.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Charles Nicholl

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Charles Nicholl
Publisher Penguin UK
Release Date 2005-04-07
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 640
ISBN 9780141944241
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Leonardo is the greatest, most multi-faceted and most mysterious of all Renaissance artists, but extraordinarily, considering his enormous reputation, this is the first full-length biography in English for several decades. Prize-winning author Charles Nicholl has immersed himself for five years in all the manuscripts, paintings and artefacts to produce an 'intimate portrait' of Leonardo. He uses these contemporary materials - his notebooks and sketchbooks, eye witnesses and early biographies, etc - as a way into the mental tone and physical texture of his life and has made myriad small discoveries about him and his work and his circle of associates. Among much else, the book identifies what Nicholl argues is an unknown portrait of the artist hanging in a church near Lodi in northern Italy. It also contains new material on his eccentric assistant Tomasso Masini, on his homosexual affairs in Florence, and on his curious relationship with a female model and/or prostitute from Cremona. A masterpiece of modern biography.

Thoughts On Art And Life by Leonardo da Vinci

Title Thoughts on Art and Life
Author Leonardo da Vinci
Publisher Litres
Release Date 2018-07-11
Category Fiction
Total Pages 86
ISBN 9785040825134
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Title The Life and Times of Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Vinod Kumar Mishra
Publisher Prabhat Prakashan
Release Date 2013-01-01
Category Fiction
Total Pages 144
ISBN 9788184303643
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Leonardo da Vinci was a prominent artist and a scholar of the Italian Renaissance, famous for his immortal works: ‘The Last Supper’ and ‘Mona Lisa’. Leonardo was a genius. He was diversely talented as a painter, sculptor, architect, scientist, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, astronomer, cartographer, botanist, historian and writer. Leonardo was very talented. He attained proficiency as an artist to the extent that his teacher left painting after he saw one of his finished works. This book throws light on the artistry of an art icon Leonardo da Vinci who still remains an inspiration to all budding artists.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Linda Cernak

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Linda Cernak
Publisher Child's World
Release Date 2014-08-01
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 24
ISBN 1626873518
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Presents an overview of the life and accomplishments of Leonardo da Vinci, describing his style and the lasting influence of the Italian artist.

Title The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci Vol I
Author Leonardo da Vinci
Publisher Dover Publications
Release Date 1970-06-01
Category Art
Total Pages 396
ISBN 0486225720
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Scientist, painter, mechanical engineer, sculptor, thinker, city planner, storyteller, musician, architect — Leonardo da Vinci, builder of the first flying machine, was one of the great universal geniuses of Western civilization. His voluminous notebooks, the great storehouse of his theories and discoveries, are presented here in 1566 extracts that reveal the full range of Leonardo's versatile interest: all the important writings on painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, astronomy, geography, topography, and other fields are included, in both Italian and English, with 186 plates of manuscript pages and many other drawings reproduced in facsimile size. The first volume, which contains all of Leonardo's writings on aspects of painting, includes discussions of such basic scientific areas as the structure of the eye and vision, perspective, the science of light and shade, the perspective of disappearance, theory of color, perspective of color, proportions and movements of the human figure, botany for painters, and the elements of landscape painting. A section on the practice of painting includes moral precepts for painters and writings on composition, materials, and the philosophy of art. The second volume contains writings on sculpture, architecture (plans for towns, streets, and canals, churches, palaces, castles, and villas, theoretical writings on arches, domes, fissures, etc.), zoology, physiology (including his amazingly accurate theories of blood circulation), medicine, astronomy, geography (including has famous writings and drawings on the movement of water), topography (observations in Italy, France, and other areas), naval warfare, swimming, theory of flying machines, mining, music, and other topics. A selection of philosophical maxims, morals, polemics, fables, jests, studies in the lives and habits of animals, tales, and prophecies display Leonardo's abilities as a writer and scholar. The second volume also contains some letters, personal records, inventories, and accounts, and concludes with Leonardo's will. The drawings include sketches and studies for some of Leonardo's greatest works of art — The Last Supper, the lost Battle of Anghiari, The Virgin of the Rocks, and the destroyed Sforza monument.

Leonardo Da Vinci by Isabel Thomas

Title Leonardo Da Vinci
Author Isabel Thomas
Publisher Laurence King Publishing
Release Date 2018-06-05
Category Juvenile Nonfiction
Total Pages 190
ISBN 1786271885
Language English, Spanish, and French
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Most famous as the painter who created the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci is also one of history's greatest geniuses—he was a mathematician, architect, astronomer, scientist, and musician. and he even invented the helicopter! From artists to aviators and scientists to revolutionaries, Little Guides to Great Lives is a brand new series of small-format guides introducing children to the most inspirational figures from history in a fun, accessible way. Launching with Leonardo da Vinci, Marie Curie, Nelson Mandela, and Amelia Earhart, Little Guides to Great Lives tells the stories of the most amazing people from all over the world and across history, with full-color illustrations and fresh design to bring their incredible stories to life.