A masterpiece of imaginative reconstruction -- Richard Holmes, Daily Telegraph, Books of the Year
A splendid and encompassing biography -- Peter Ackroyd, The Times
Charles Nicholl, in this bright, cunning, intrepidly intelligent biographical study, has startlingly demystified his enigmatic subject -- Peter Conrad, Observer
brings a genius down from his lonely pedestal and into the world -- Daily Telegraph
Leonardo da Vinci isnt merely a lovely book, its Leonardesque
At its best, it glows -- David Gelernter, The New York Times
From the Inside Flap
Leonardo da Vinci is the most mysterious of all the great artists, continuing to inspire and intrigue centuries after his death. Who lies beneath the legend of the Renaissance genius? What is the real story behind his elusive masterpieces and tantalizing notebooks?
Charles Nicholls compelling, lyrical biography explores Leonardos life from his beginnings as an illegitimate child in Tuscany to the creation of his great works and his final days as never before. Delving into hidden corners of his manuscripts and unravelling years of myth and mystery, he brilliantly illuminates the man behind the enigma.