Leonardo Da Vinci by Walter Isaacson

Every good Italian should know the history of Leonardo Da Vinci!

Walter Isaacson’s biography into one of the greatest minds and artists of our species was a fascinating story about a fascinating man — I only wish I could see the art and writings first hand rather than pictures in the book.

Isaacson does a good job balancing the both the brilliance and struggle of an imperfect man who created near perfection in his craft. I never knew how inquisitive Da Vinci was (often to the point of obsession) but it is easy to understand how that obsession to learn and understand things we take for granted (such as the movement of water) translated into his art.

Any reader interested in biographies shouldn’t miss this one.

4/5 
Submitted by Mark, age 46

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