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“Leonardo Da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter IsaacsonLeonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519) is a man that I knew well as an artist, architect and engineer, but his life was little known to me.  In this biography by Walter Isaacson, I discovered a man of the renaissance before his time, a curious mind who laid down the foundations of many areas of science, and who’s interest had no boundaries (amusing anecdote: he noted in one of his notebooks that he needed to observe the tongue of a woodpecker.)

All of this is already remarkable for a man born in medieval time, and even more when we learn that Leonardo had very little education and was self-taught in many areas.

A biography that reads like a novel, at times like a mystery (such as “is this painting a real Leonardo Da Vinci?”), this book was on the New York Times Best Sellers list for many weeks in 2017-2018.  If, like me, you didn’t have the chance to grab a copy then, now might be a good time.

Although I enjoyed listening to the audiobook version of this book in my car, it was a little frustrating to not see the pictures that the author was referring to.   The audiobook comes with a CD that has all the images in .pdf format.

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