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The #1 nuevo York times bestseller from Walter Isaacson brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography the is “a study in creativity: how to definir it, how to achieve it...Most important, it is un powerful historia of an exciting mind and life” (The nuevo Yorker).Based on countless pages representar Leonardo da Vinci’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries around his life y work, Walter Isaacson “deftly reveals an intimate Leonardo” (San Francisco Chronicle) in uno narrative that connects his arte to his science. That shows just how Leonardo’s genius was based on an abilities we deserve to improve in ourselves, such together passionate curiosity, cautious observation, and an creativity so playful that it flirted with fantasy. That produced ns two most famous paintings in history, The last Supper and the Mona Lisa. With uno passion that sometimes came to be obsessive, he pursued innovative researches of anatomy, fossils, birds, ns heart, flying machines, botany, geology, y weaponry. That explored the math of optics, verified how light rays strike los cornea, and produced illusions of an altering perspectives in The last Supper. His ability to was standing at the crossroads of ns humanities y the sciences, made iconic through his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made that history’s most an imaginative genius. In los “luminous” (Daily Beast) Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson explains how Leonardo’s joy at combining varied passions remains ns ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, walk his ease at being un bit of uno misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, conveniently distracted, and at times heretical. His life need to remind us of ns importance to it is in imaginative and, choose talented rebels in any kind of era, to think different. Here, da Vinci “comes come life in all his remarkable brilliance y oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious nuevo biography...a vigorous, insightful portrait” (The Washington Post).

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Walter Isaacson, a professor of background at Tulane, has been CEO of ns Aspen Institute, chair the CNN, and editor the Time. He is los author the Leonardo da Vinci; los Innovators; Steve Jobs; Einstein: His Life and Universe; benjamin Franklin: An americano Life; y Kissinger: uno Biography, and the coauthor of los Wise Men: six Friends and the world They Made. Visit him at


Harvard, B.A. In History and Literature, 1974; Oxford (Rhodes Scholar), M.A. In Philosophy, Politics, & Economics

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Mam characters xi

Currency in Italy in 1500 xiii

Note Regarding ns Cover xiii

Primary periods of Leonardo"s Life xiii

Timeline xiv

Introduction: identificación Can additionally Paint 1

Chapter 1 Childhood 11

Chapter dos Apprentice 23

Chapter 3 On His very own 68

Chapter 4 Milan 91

Chapter 5 Leonardo"s Notebooks 105

Chapter 6 Court entertainment artist 112

Chapter siete Personal Life 129

Chapter ocho Vitruvian man 140

Chapter 9 The horse Monument 160

Chapter 10 Scientist 170

Chapter 11 Birds and Flight 181

Chapter 12 The mechanical Arts 190

Chapter 13 Math 200

Chapter 14 The Nature of guy 212

Chapter quince Virgin of ns Rocks 223

Chapter dieciséis The Milan Portraits 236

Chapter diecisiete The science of arte 260

Chapter 18 The último Supper 279

Chapter diecinueve Personal chaos 293

Chapter veinte Florence Again 299

Chapter 21 Saint anne 315

Chapter 22 Paintings Lost y Found 325

Chapter veintitres Cesare Borgia 335

Chapter veinticuatro Hydraulic technician 347

Chapter 25 Michelangelo and the shed Battles 355

Chapter veintiseis Return to Milan 380

Chapter veintisiete Anatomy, Round dos 394

Chapter veintiocho The World and Its Waters 425

Chapter veintinueve Rome 444

Chapter 30 Pointing ns Way 463

Chapter 31 The Mona Lisa 475

Chapter treinta y dos France 495

Chapter 33 Conclusion 517

Coda: explicar the tongue of the woodpecker 525

Abbreviations of commonly Cited resources 527

Notes 533

Illustration Credits 571

Index 573

Editorial Reviews

"As always, write with ns strongly synthesizing inteligencia across uno tremendous range; los result is un valuable introduction to a complex subject. . . . Beneath its diligent research, the book is a study in creativity: exactly how to define it, exactly how to attain it. . . . Many important, Isaacson tells uno powerful story of an exhilarating mind y life." —The new Yorker“To read this splendid biography of Leonardo da Vinci is to take a tour through los life y works the one of ns most extraordinary humanidad beings of all time and in the la empresa of the most engaging, informed, and insightful guide imaginable. Walter Isaacson is in ~ once uno true scholar y a spellbinding writer. And what ns wealth of great there are to it is in learned in this pages." —David McCullough, Pulitzer Prize-winning author of ns Wright Brothers and 1776“I’ve read un lot around Leonardo over the years, but me gustaría had never uncovered one publication that satisfactorily covered all ns different facets of his life y work. Walter—a talented journalist and author I’ve obtained to know over the years—did uno great job pulling it every together. . . . Much more than any other Leonardo publication I’ve read, this one helps you watch him as un complete humano being y understand just how special that was.” —Bill Gates“Isaacson’s essential subject is the singular life of brilliance. . . . Isaacson deftly expose an intimate Leonardo . . . Ns masterpiece that concision.” —San Francisco Chronicle“A captivating narrative about art y science, curiosity y discipline.” —Adam Grant, #1 nuevo York times Bestselling writer of Originals“He comes to life in all his exceptional brilliance y oddity in Walter Isaacson’s ambitious nuevo biography . . . Ns vigorous, insightful portrait of the world’s most famous portraitist...Isaacson’s function is un thorough synthesis, which he achieves con flair.” —The Washington Post“Walter Isaacson is a renaissance man. . . . Rather like Leonardo, he’s thrust by un joyful desire to discover. That pleasure bubbles forth in this magnificent book. In Isaacson, Leonardo gets los biographer that deserves—an writer capable that comprehending his regularly frenetic, generally weird search to understand. This is not just a joyful book; it’s also un joy to behold. . . . Isaacson deserves immense praise for producing uno very humanidad portrait of ns genius.” —The tiempo of London“The satisfied of an Isaacson story is that it doesn’t traffic in such pessimistic stuff; los author tells stories of world who, through definition, are inimitable....Isaacson is in ~ his best when that analyzes what make Leonardo human.” no —The nuevo York Times“Monumental . . . Leonardo led one astonishingly amazing eventful life. Y Isaacson brilliantly catches its essence.” —The Toronto Star"Majestic . . . Isaacson bring away on one more complex, giant figure y transforms him right into someone we deserve to recognize. . . . Completely enthralling, masterful, and passionate.” —Kirkus Reviews, starred review"Illuminating . . . This is un monumental tribute come a gigante figure." —Publishers Weekly, starred review“Isaacson utilices his subject’s contradictions to provide him humanity y depth.” no —Anthony Grafton, The nuevo York times “Encompassing in that coverage, durable in its artistic explanations, yet created in uno smart, conversational tone, this is both a solid advent to the man y a sweeping saga of his genius.” —Booklist, starred review“A fresh and enthusiastic reading of ns extraordinary da Vinci notebooks, composed in uno way that makes them both accessible y contemporary. Absorbing, enlightening and always engaging.” —Miranda Seymour, writer of mary Shelley“Isaacson's biography is linear sufficient to follow easily, however it returns, as did los artist, time and again, to los highly concrete, enticingly yet rigorously investigable mysteries of the human and natural world. Model . . . . This beautiful book, top top coated stock, reflecting text and illustrations to los best advantage, is a pleasure to hold.” —Bay Area Reporter“Isaacson, to his credit, helps united state see Leonardo’s creative vision with fresh eyes. . . . The writes simply y clearly, y even though his primordial character hails desde antiquity, los narrative hums like ns headline desde the morning paper, alert to topical parallels in between then and now . . . Us finish los book with ns renewed conviction that ns world’s most famed Renaissance male was, in essence, inimitable.” —Christian science Monitor“A full y engrossing file of ns artist . . . Ns author move fluidly in between the scientific inquiries of Leonardo’s notebooks y the artistic accomplishments in his sketchbooks, and carries los same themes, together as ns artist’s boundless curiosity y inquiry, with them in ns way the does not seem also facile or overapplied.” —East Hampton Star“A 21st siglo page-turner." —USA Today“Exuberant . . . A richly shown ride through ns artist’s life . . . A fascinating, bonbon-size tribute to los man who assumed to ask.” —Newsday “Beautifully produced and illustrated, ns biography is an idealistas match that author y subject. . . . Fascinated by Leonardo’s genius, Isaacson lucidly and lovingly records his stunning powers of monitoring that extended so plenty of disciplines. . . . Isaacson’s monumental and magnificent biography does success in help us know what make da Vinci’s paintings so memorable, and in do Leonardo much an ext accessible, as un genius, a man of y outside that his times, y as ns 'quirky, obsessive, playful, and easily distracted' humanidad being.” —Tulsa World“In some methods this is Walter Isaacson's most ambitious book. He uses los life he recounts in un wonderful means to speculate on ns source that geniuses...always you room informed, entertained, stimulated, satisfied. This has to be los most beautiful illustrated and printed book I've checked out in recent years.” —Fareed Zakaria GPS splendid work that offers an illuminating guide to los output of among the último millennium’s biggest minds.” —Guardian US"Leonardo da Vinci's prowess as uno polymath — moved by insatiable curiosity about everything representar the humanidad womb to deadly weaponry — tho stuns. In this copiously illustrated biography, us feel its pressure all gastos generales again. Walter Isaacson wonderfully conveys how Leonardo's genius merged science and art." —NATURE"Dazzling" —HARVARD GAZETTE"Luminous . . . Leonardo Da Vinci is an elegantly illustrated publication that expands Isaacson’s viewfinder on ns psychology of major lives – enrique Kissinger, benjamín Franklin, Albert Einstein y Steve work are ns subjects that his previous biographies, best-sellers all." —THE daily BEAST