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. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him history's most creative genius.
Leonardo da Vinci Walter Isaacson Simon & Schuster, 2017 Source: Library
I liked the high quality of the images of Leonardo da Vinci's work. It made the biography a lot more interesting. However, I did not like it when the image did not line up with Isaacson's descriptions and information. I wasn't a fan of flipping between pages to see what I was reading about. I enjoyed Isaacson's writing style (definitely more than I thought I would). I felt like I was reading about his personal journey to learn about the mind and life of a genius. I disliked how long it was. I got a little overwhelmed by the size and it was *literally* heavy to hold. The appeals in this book include that the reader learns a lot, it's insightful, and it has engaging writing. People who enjoy this book are probably fans of history, art, and/or science.