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Leonardo Da Vinci   By: (1869-1958)

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In Leonardo Da Vinci, Maurice Walter Brockwell takes readers on an enlightening journey into the complex and brilliant mind of one of history's greatest artists, inventors, and thinkers. Without explicitly delving into the title of the book, the author skillfully weaves together a comprehensive and thought-provoking narrative that captivates readers from beginning to end.

One of the greatest strengths of this book is its meticulous research. Brockwell leaves no stone unturned as he explores the life and works of Leonardo Da Vinci, providing a wealth of historical details and contextual background that truly immerses readers in Renaissance Italy. The author's extensive knowledge of the subject matter is evident in his ability to seamlessly incorporate various primary and secondary sources into the narrative, creating a comprehensive and well-rounded account of Da Vinci's life.

Brockwell's writing style is clear, concise, and engaging, making the book accessible to both casual readers and those with a deeper interest in art history. He effortlessly balances the technical aspects of Da Vinci's art and inventions with the human elements of his life, offering insightful reflections on the motivations and influences behind his works. This approach allows readers to gain a deeper understanding of the artist as a multifaceted individual rather than just a creator of beautiful paintings.

The author's admiration for Da Vinci shines through in his prose, adding a sense of wonder and awe to the narrative. Brockwell clearly appreciates not only the artistic genius of Da Vinci, but also his insatiable thirst for knowledge and his relentless curiosity. This enthusiasm is infectious, and readers will find themselves sharing in the author's admiration for the man behind the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper.

Another noteworthy aspect of this book is its inclusion of numerous illustrations and reproductions of Da Vinci's artwork. These visual aids add an extra layer of depth to the reading experience, allowing readers to fully appreciate the intricate details and innovative techniques employed by the artist. From sketches and studies to final masterpieces, Brockwell's careful selection of visual materials truly brings Da Vinci's art to life on the page.

While Leonardo Da Vinci may not be groundbreaking in terms of uncovering new information or offering a radically different interpretation of the artist's life, Brockwell's comprehensive and well-crafted exploration of Da Vinci's legacy makes it a valuable read for anyone interested in art, history, or the complexities of the human mind. Through his insightful analysis and vivid storytelling, the author successfully captures the essence of Leonardo Da Vinci, illuminating the extraordinary life and enduring impact of this Renaissance genius.

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[Illustration: Plate 1 MONA LISA. Frontispiece

In the Louvre. No. 1601. 2 ft 6 ½ ins. By 1 ft. 9 ins. (0.77 x 0.53)]



Illustrated With Eight Reproductions in Colour


"Leonardo," wrote an English critic as far back as 1721, "was a Man so happy in his genius, so consummate in his Profession, so accomplished in the Arts, so knowing in the Sciences, and withal, so much esteemed by the Age wherein he lived, his Works so highly applauded by the Ages which have succeeded, and his Name and Memory still preserved with so much Veneration by the present Age that, if anything could equal the Merit of the Man, it must be the Success he met with. Moreover, 'tis not in Painting alone, but in Philosophy, too, that Leonardo surpassed all his Brethren of the 'Pencil.'"

This admirable summary of the great Florentine painter's life's work still holds good to day.


His Birth His Early Training His Early Works First Visit to Milan In the East Back in Milan The Virgin of the Rocks The Last Supper The Court of Milan Leonardo Leaves Milan Mona Lisa Battle of Anghiari Again in Milan In Rome In France His Death His Art His Mind His Maxims His Spell His Descendants


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