Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci : Flights of the Mind

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In this engaging and thoroughly researched biography, Charles Nicholl uncovers the man behind the myth of the great Renaissance master. At times a painter, sculptor, inventor, draftsman, and anatomist, Leonardo s life cannot easily be summarized. And yet, Nicholl skillfully traces the artist s early days as an illegitimate child in Tuscany; his apprenticeship with Verrocchio in Florence; his service with some of the most powerful Renaissance families; his relationships with Michelangelo and Machiavelli; and his final days at the French royal court. In addition, Nicholl looks beyond the well-known stories of Leonardo s famous masterpieces, and gives us a glimpse into the artist s everyday life. We learn of Leonardo s penchant for jokes, his fascination with flight, his obsessive note making, and even what he ate. Nicholl weaves these details together in a fascinating portrait that goes far towards revealing the enigmatic figure who continues to fascinate present-day readers."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 623 pages
  • 134.62 x 210.82 x 30.48mm | 539.99g
  • Penguin Putnam Inc
  • The Penguin Press
  • United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • w. iil. , 30 col. plates.
  • 0143036122
  • 9780143036128
  • 208,972

Review quote

..".Witty, penetrating and fetchingly romantic.... Charles Nicholl's Leonardo Da Vinci isn't merely a lovely book, it's Leonardoesque. Leonardo knew how to make drawings and paintings glow with lyrical mystery. At its best, Nicholl's book glows too. The New York Times Book Review"[A] deeply researched, engaging and illuminating biography... masterfully woven together." The Washington Post "show more

About Charles Nicholl

Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography, and travel, including the highly regarded The Reckoning. He has presented two documentaries for British television and has lectured in Britain, Italy, and the United States.show more

Table of contents

Author's Note Introduction: The Cooling of the Soup Part One Childhood: 1452-1466 Birth The da Vinci Caterina 'My First memory . . .' At the Mill Speaking with Animals The 'Madonna of the Snow' Education Part Two Apprenticeship: 1466-1477 The City Renaissance Men Andrea's Bottega Learning the Trade Spectaculars On the Lantern First Paintings The Dragon Ginevra The Saltarelli Affair 'Companions in Pistoia' Part Three Independence: 1477-1482 Leonardo's Studio The Hanged Man Zoroastro The Technologist 'Poets in a Hurry' The Musician St. Jerome and the Lion The Gardens of the Medici The Adoration Leaving Part Four New Horizons: 1482-1490 Milan Expatriates and Artists The Virgin of the Rocks Ways of Escape The First Notebooks Tall Tales, Small Puzzles Architectural Projects The Moor's Mistress The Milanese Studio The Anatomist The Sforza Horse At the Corte Vecchia Part Five At Court: 1490-1499 Theatricals 'Of shadow and light' Little Devil Hunting Bears Casting the Horse 'Caterina came . . .' Echoes of War The Making of the Last Supper The 'Academy' Leonardo's Garden 'Sell what you cannot take . . .' Part Six On the Move: 1500-1506 Mantua and Venice Back in Florence The Insistent Marchioness Borgia Autumn in Imola A Letter to the Sultan Moving the River Mistress Lisa The Anghiari Fresco (I) Michelangelo A Death and a Journey The Anghiari Fresco (II) The Spirit of the Bird Part Seven Return to Milan: 1506-1513 The Governor 'Good day, Master Francesco . . .' Brothers at War Dissections Back in the Studio The World and Its Waters Fêtes Milanaises La Cremona The 'Medical Schools' Chez Melzi Portrait of the Artist at Sixty Part Eight Last Years: 1513-1519 Heading South At the Belvedere The Baptist and the Bacchus The Deluge Sickness, Deception, Mirrors Last Visit to Florence Maistre Lyenard The Cardinal Calls 'Night was chased away' The Great Sea Notes Sources Illustrations Indexshow more

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