Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Leonardo da Vinci - "The Complete Works"

Publ: 2005 ISBN: 9780715324530
Rating ****

Leonardo da Vinci was born out of wedlock on April 15, 1492, in an age when illegitimacy was highly unacceptable. (He had 17 half-brothers and sisters.) If that were not enough he was left-handed and a vegetarian! Unable to enter into a traditional career, he was free to do what he wanted. Despite having little to no formal education, he led a spectacular life. He is probably most well known for being one of the greatest artists of all time but he was also a scientist, inventor and humanist philosopher. (He believed that fossils were remnants of once-living animals and he may had basic ideas of evolution.)

Although best known for the Mona Lisa I find his anatomical drawings the most compulsive viewing in this book.

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