Leonardo Da Vinici
An incredible book that brings to life the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci. You live the moments and experience what his life was about. The book brings his art and his science to life by giving the backstory as to what the political and social environment were like at the times he was most creative.
Wish I Could Give It 0 Stars
Didn’t finish. Will never attempt to finish. This book is nothing more than a Renaissance gossip column, if it can even be called that. Supposedly this book is about Leo’s notebooks, but they get no more attention than anything else. What this book is really about is Isaacson’s obsession with Leo’s sexuality, diet, and looks. If you only know Leonardo da Vinci from this book, you would imagine that somewhere, hidden in his notebooks is Leo’s manifesto on vegetarianism, a declaration of being gay (known as a sodomite and a crime punishable with death in Leo’s time), and probably a few vain passages on how good looking he was. The fact of the matter is that none of that exists. Isaacson has taken the three things we can have no proof of and can only speculate on, and made an entire book about them, mixing in a detailed account of a few pieces of art and a few pages of his notebooks to make the book extra long. If I didn’t know any better, Isaacson has the hots for Leonardo da Vinci. This book is painful and long winded. There are other books on Leonardo that at least give a more balanced view of his life. This book makes it seem like one of the greatest geniuses in history, the man that practically invented the idea of the Renaissance Man, sat around thinking about not eating meat, how good he looked, and having sex with men most of the time. No idea when Isaacson’s Leonardo had time to do anything ingenious (you know, those things we KNOW for sure he did). It would be really awesome if Leonardo da Vinci were an LGBTQ+ hero. Don’t get me wrong. We just can’t know if he was. Let’s just make him a hero for using your brain and accepting everyone as is, the way he seemed to live his life. We need more of that. Then, more amazing people would feel free to come out and the LGBTQ+ community will be rolling in everyday heroes. Just a thought.
Missing those pages before didn’t seem to matter much. It was just more of what I’d already read anyway.
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I’m not even halfway through the book yet, but I am missing at least two pages, one each at the end of two separate chapters. The last page I have of each of these chapters ends in the middle of the sentence, yet the next page is the next chapter. If I had known I wasn’t going to get the whole book I would have bought a hard copy. Hopefully this is fixed soon.
Love the book
Really liking Walter Isaacson biographies. I have read Steve Jobs,Einstein, Franklin and just finished Da Vinci. Isaacson is really qualified to write books. He has written so many good ones.
REALLY loved how many fig. there is. The images scattered around pages instead of a bunch of pictures in the middle. I know Isaacson does this in many books but I really loved how he did it in this one.
Great book! 11/10
Leonardo Da Vinci
An excellent window into the life and times of Leonardo.
By Emmet Aloysius
I thought this would be a great book but did not finish. As another reviewer said it reads like a textbook and a tedious one at that. Some of his artwork is fascinating but reading this book is not. I will try his Benjamin Franklin instead.
The Essence of Joy
Walter Isaacson has created a gift of joy in his study of Leonardo. The writing is clear and personal, and by the end of the book, one feels a partner in discovery, not only of the life and work of Leonardo, but of the author as well. The pure joy in sharing with the author each facet of Leonardo's genius creates a sense of fulfillment and appreciation rarely experienced from reading a book.
Can we all be Leonardos?
By Jos van Dorresteijn
Walter Isaacson, who already wrote compelling biographies of great people like Benjamin Franklin, Henry Kissinger, and Steve Jobs, has done it again. In this new book he follows Leonardo da Vinci (who we should actually call ‘de Firenze’; the Florentine, Isaacson tells us) from his birth in Vinci near Florence till his death in Amboise in France. And what a life it has been. Isaacson shows us that Leonardo’s achievements were only partly due to his genius. As a matter of fact, just because Leonardo was such a perfectionist, he failed to finish many of his projects. And many of his ideas never went further than the stage of a conceptual sketch it study in his many notebooks. But the ones that did became some of the greatest works in history.
Isaacson not only focuses on Leonardo’s paintings and sketches - many of which are printed in this edition - but also on his inventions and experiments. He shows is that Leonardo truly was one of the first modern men. And he lived in the cradle of the Renaissance, surrounded by many others who rethought, remade, and shaped the world as we know it today.
The author finishes with a chapter on what - and how - we can learn from Leonardo. It is a long list, but all items have been tested since and are worth following.
Do read this book, it’s worth it. And do not forget the epilogue about the woodpecker’s tongue. It is as intriguing as Leonardo’s life. And yours, if you let it be.
Great Audiobook but wheres the PDF?
I love all of this author’s work and this publication is no exception. BUT I cannot figure out how to get the accompanying PDF which is very important for the particular book becuase they keep referring to it. Someone please tell me how to get it!!
The book is a work of genius!
The book is an absolute work of genius in writing, style, depth, and scope. Leonardo Da Vinci is one of mankind’s most curious individuals and that curiosity manifested in the culmination of incredible works of both art and science. In fact, this book and the lessons of Leonardo could and probably should be considered required reading for anyone working in, or curious about art and or science. Walter Isaacson has given us a treasure that will surely be read for many years to come, for in this book are the secrets that Leonardo himself uncovered about our world and about ourselves!