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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

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Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Paris Bookshop Note: A French Painter. In his final years, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) lived in France at the Château d'Amboise not far from Paris, dedicated for his use by his final patron, King François I. Leonardo's legacy from the French years (1615-1919) includes the Mona Lisa painting that hangs in the Louvre, Paris along with several of his other most important works. Although Leonardo hailed from Florence, and worked most of his life in Italy, he must be considered a French artist as well as Italian, says André A. L'Aube, author of the novel Claire de Lune (a complex ghost story presenting at its finale a remarkable and original new theory about Leonardo da Vinci and his Mona Lisa). This note does not represent the views of Prof. Isaacson.

About Walter Isaacson's Book:

Leonardo da Vinci was one of history’s most creative geniuses. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves 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.

Leonardo produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But Leonardo was just as much a man of science and technology. With obsessive passion, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. He is rightfully called a Renaissance Man, standing at the crossroads of humanities and sciences, as witnessed by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, and his surviving notebooks in general.

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Walter Isaacson (author)
Leonardo da Vinci
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#1 New York Times bestseller

The Washington Post—“Vigorous, insightful.”
San Francisco Chronicle—“A masterpiece.”
The Daily Beast—“Luminous.”
The New Yorker—“A powerful story of an exhilarating mind and life...a study in creativity: how to define it, how to achieve it.”