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  • Paperback: 623 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin; Re-issue edition (7 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140296816
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140296815
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.8 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 26,192 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘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

‘Gripping, beguiling … brings a genius down from his lonely pedestal and into the world’ -- Daily Telegraph

‘Leonardo da Vinci isn’t merely a lovely book, it’s Leonardesque … At its best, it glows’ -- David Gelernter, The New York Times

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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 Nicholl’s compelling, lyrical biography explores Leonardo’s 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.


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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Frostycat on 24 Dec. 2011
Format: Paperback
I've given the book 5 stars because it offered me everthing I wish for in a biography, and more. It was informative, full of information (as much as is known, anyway) about the artist's private as well as professional life and it was totally absorbing. Purchased before a visit to the Leonardo exhibition currently running at the National Gallery, I thought I had better 'mug up' on the artist as I all I knew about him was that he painted the Mona Lisa and designed some flying machines. What I actually got was the most absorbing read I have had in a long time. I totally disagree with those reviewers who said that the book does not show Leonardo as the multi-talented man he was. What were they reading? Charles Nicholl takes great pains to describe the engineering works, designs for instruments of warfare and anatomical studies which Leonardo undertook, along with his paintings. The fragments and notebooks which are left to us are overflowing with theories, hypotheses and scientific experiments to which the artist dedicated much of his time.

The book is almost like a novel, interspersed with fragments of personal information and little insights into the artist's personal life, his (possible) loves and his friends and students. Alongside the historical facts and little anecdotes are Nicholl's own comments and snatches of information, such as his own examination of the 'Adoration of the Magi' and the Uffizi's attempts at restoration.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Alessandra Forti on 2 Nov. 2009
Format: Paperback
I loved the book and I eventually looked forward to my evening reading of it. The book in itself is well written and highly readable. I like the way Nicholl puts together the pieces and tries to fill the gaps with plausible contestualised hypothesis and stresses the fact that he is actually doing it. There are some parts that are also pure entertainment like when he describes the relationship between Leonardo and Isabella d'Este or his feud with Michelangelo and his being happier in Milan than Florence because they were more party like. The reason I don't give it 5 stars is because the whole psychoanalytic part got me irritated especially in the initial chapters. Freud theories are surpassed and I thought it was weird to apply them to Leonardo. I can think the only reason is because Freud himself worte a book about it. The second reason I give it only four is because it is true, as others have commented, that Leonardo amazing multitalent doesn't come through. We have glimpses but all his other activities are not as well described as his painting. However the book was good enough to make me want to go ahead with further reading.
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85 of 99 people found the following review helpful By Visa on 28 Jun. 2005
Format: Paperback
Nicoll manages to give a good view of the personality of Leonardo da Vinci, by describing what is known about da Vinci's childhood and then proceeding to describe his career as a *painter* in chronological order. Although in describing character Nicoll occasionally falls in depth into Freudian mumbojumbo, he has to be complemented that he does recognize that it is only fantastical speculation. The style of Nicoll is enjoyable and easy to read.
If you want to a good description of da Vinci the painter and his career, then this is the book for you. Nicoll goes in detail to the creation of many paintings of da Vinci, both those well known to general public and those less well known.
However, if you want a biography of da Vinci the multitalented man, then this book is definitely not for you. More space is given for description of a single art project that never came to be than is given to all the inventions and scientific contributions of da Vinci. As an example, Nicoll mentions that in the field of anatomy da Vinci's original contribution was greatest, and then proceeds to give six pages and two illustrations on the topic. And, unfortunately, most of these six pages is on the usefulness of the study of anatomy to a painter. More room is given to speculations about the possible identity of a female model in a painting lost hundreds of years ago than is given to the actual contribution of da Vinci to the field of anatomy. There is no description of the state of anatomical knowledge at the time and no description of how Leonardo added to this knowledge.
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By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 13 Sept. 2011
Format: Hardcover
Although I tend to agree with one of the reviews who comments on the size of the print (10pt?), I assume it was to keep this already 600+ pages biography "in bounds".

Generally well-illustrated with many b/w sketches and drawings, it also has section of colour plates, an essential for works on Leonardo.

There are countless biographies and other books on this genius of the Renaissance, a man who changed the world in so many different ways with a mind and pen capable of successful ventures into diverse areas of human endeavour: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer.

Nicholl has researched his subject very thoroughly and succeeded in blending the biographical details into a carefully written text which describes his family and childhood well from his birth in 1452, through his early development and later successes until his death in 1519. It deals very fully with his best known work but he also looks at his less known and creates what every good biography should - a life on the pages.
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