Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci

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 The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to l...

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Title:Leonardo da Vinci
Author:Walter Isaacson
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:Leonardo Da Vinci
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:600 pages pages

Leonardo da Vinci Reviews

  • Jennifer (JC-S)
    Dec 04, 2017
    ?Skill without imagination is barren. Leonardo knew how to marry observation and imagination, which made him history?s consummate innovator.? Walter Isaacson writes, in his introduction to this biography: ?I have embarked on this book because Leonardo da Vinci is the ulti...
  • Chrissie
    Nov 12, 2017
    The audiobook is a fantastic production. It is in this manner non-fiction audiobooks should be made. You are given a huge PDF file with 144 pictures, a character list and a timeline. To get the most out of the audiobook one should sit by a computer and look at the pictures as one liste...
  • Susan in NC
    Dec 30, 2017
    This was amazing- I saw Isaacson interviewed on PBS NewsHour discussing his latest biography and his enthusiasm was infectious! I immediately requested it from my library and was number 8 or 9, and figured I might get it in March or April, but somehow I got it last week! I started read...
  • Mehrsa
    Nov 17, 2017
    The book is very good because Walter Isaacson is good. But there is a lot in here that did not need to be in here. I understand what he is trying to do and I appreciate it: this is the mind of a genius. There are biographers (Caro is the master of the art) and there are those who use b...
  • Tony
    Nov 24, 2017
    LEONARDO DA VINCI. (2017). Walter Isaacson. ****1/2. The first thing I?d like to share is that you needn?t be afraid of the size of this book. It runs to 525 pages, plus notes and index. With my experience of reading other Isaacon?s books (?Ben Franklin,? and ?Einstein?)...
  • Jeff
    Oct 21, 2017
    I finished this book with hours to spare in 2017 and it may just be the best book I read this year. I bought the hard cover book and I'm glad I did. This is just a beautiful book, with 144 images of Leonardo's paintings and drawings all on high quality paper. The writing is just fantas...
  • Gary
    Nov 21, 2017
    Walter is a storyteller....If you have read his other bios, you already know this. Same situation here...but I must warn you....Leonardo was a very complicated man....a genius in his art....kept copious notes about everything he thought, felt, and dreamed about....he was a scientist,wa...
  • Adrienne
    Dec 11, 2017
    This is more like a college textbook than an entertaining biography (but don't worry, Mr. Isaacson, I plan to continue reading every one of your excellent books), so if you are looking for something light, this is not for you. You have to study this book, refer to the photos, google th...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Oct 22, 2017
    ?Although generally considered by his contemporaries to be friendly and gentle, Leonardo was at times dark and troubled. His notebooks and drawings are a window into his fevered, imaginative, manic, and sometimes elated mind. Had he been a student at the outset of the twenty-first ce...
  • Linda
    Aug 31, 2017
    An extensively-researched examination of Leonardo?s life, including both his engineering feats and artistic accomplishments. As Isaacson notes in his conclusion, ?What made Leonardo a genius?was creativity, the ability to apply imagination to intellect.? ...
  • Lou
    Oct 19, 2017
    There is plenty to learn here about Leonardo DaVinci, and his art, its histories unravelled, codexes explained in ways, and the story of the process and people in the art work. Detail, details meticulously written by the author, almost with obsession like mastery and a hugely accessib...
  • Carolyn
    Oct 20, 2017
    This book is masterfully written, lavishly illustrated, and a prime example of intensive research. I had read The author?s biography of Steve Jobs, and also the Innovators which showed how collaboration through the years has brought us to the present digital era. I knew some of ...
  • Matt
    Jan 19, 2018
    ? How might you describe the tongue of a woodpecker?? And so it begins, in my ongoing attempt to learn more about important figures in history. This time, I turned to the latest biography by Walter Isaacson, exploring the life of Leonardo da Vinci. A man of many talents, da Vinci l...
  • Sandi Banks
    Jan 04, 2018
    This was an amazing book about a very complex person. Isaacson wrote a very comprehensive biography about a Renaissance genius, Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was a person with a ?relentless curiosity?. In addition to being a very notable artist he explored anatomy, geology, birds and...
  • Joe
    Jun 12, 2017
    Much of my review agrees with that stated by Netta in her review (https://www.goodreads.com/review/show...), though she writes it much more eloquently. Walter Isaacson presents the biography of Leonardo da Vinci, whose every action is so divine, that, surpassing all other men, it ma...
  • Dan Graser
    Nov 01, 2017
    Walter Isaacson is one of the finest biographers of our time - everyone knows that - but in this latest offering he has outdone himself. It takes a lot of work and creativity to make a biography of one of the most discussed figures in history seem fresh and revelatory but that is preci...
  • Janet
    Oct 12, 2017
    Thank you, Net Galley for the opportunity to review this book --- as people who follow me know, I do not regurgitate what the book is about as that is what the description from the author and publisher at the top of the page are for. This book is very well written. This book is ver...
  • Darwin8u
    Jan 04, 2018
    ?he never finished any of the works he began because, so sublime was his idea of art, he saw faults even in the things that to others seemed miracles.? ? Walter Isaacson, Leonardo da Vinci This was an interesting biography, and an interesting approach, but it just wasn'...
  • Menglong Youk
    Jan 15, 2018
    4.5/5 stars I know Leonardo da Vinci from many inventions and paintings among which is the Last Supper, a portrait of Jesus Christ with his followers. This made me assume that he, Leonardo, must have been a devoted Christian like the majority during his time. Yet, despite being reli...
  • Keep Calm Novel On
    Jan 14, 2018
    Simply?brilliant. ...
  • Diana Long
    Oct 29, 2017
    Excellent in depth look at the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that graced the earth. I thought the author did an amazing biography and felt it was thoroughly researched and touched on so many areas of who he was and why he behaved as he did. Not leaving much ...
  • Jim
    Nov 28, 2017
    "Leonardo went from seeking knowledge that could be of practical use and began seeking knowledge for its own sake, out of pure curiosity and joy" A magnificent and fascinating read of the life and times of one of the most brilliant human beings that ever lived. Walter Isaacson's sta...
  • Melody Sams
    Dec 29, 2017
    If you like a little psychology with your history, this is a book for you! It gives you a wonderful insight into the mind of one of the most fascinating men in human history. Da Vinci was quite the character. A bit enigmatic and mercurial. It was a delight learning more about his perso...
  • Netta
    Nov 08, 2017
    Unlike many readers of this book who were well acquainted with Walter Isaacson and loved his previous works, I picked this biography being quite sceptical and absolutely unaware of how Isaacson approaches his subjects. His bibliography looks like a very impressive collection of genii o...
  • Susan
    Nov 04, 2017
    Who does not know of Leonardo da Vinci and his masterpieces such as The Last Super and Mona Lisa. I have always been interested in learning more about the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci and I thoroughly enjoy the work by Walter Isaccson. I found this book extremely informing, ...
  • Dana Aprigliano (TheVaguelyArticulateReader)
    Jan 14, 2018
    Walter Isaacson?s Leonardo da Vinci is one of the best books I have read in a very long time. It is a 600 page-long biography which I read in a hardcover version so heavy it could probably shatter some bones if I dropped it on my foot. The pages are made of thick, glossy paper, and t...
  • Michael Finocchiaro
    Jan 14, 2018
    Honestly, I preferred Serge Bramly's 1991 Da Vinci biography to this one by Isaacson. I read (and reviewed here on GR) his biographies of Einstein and Ben Franklin, and found them both really good. In the present work, the author is way too present in my opinion and pitches his Steve J...
  • Joseph Williams
    Nov 02, 2017
    I have read two of Isaacson's previous biographies (Steve Jobs and Albert Einstein). I particularly liked the Steve Jobs biography since the author was able to effectively get under his subject's skin due to his unique access to the subject. In the case of Leonardo da Vinci, Isaacson w...
  • Mohamed Omran
    Oct 17, 2017
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  • Farhana
    Dec 17, 2017
    6 out of 5 :D ?? ??? ??????? ?????????? ???? ??? ????????? ????????? I believe he is one of the finest biographers of our time with uncompromising impenetrable passion for his books. ?? ?...