Monday, February 19, 2018

Book Review: Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (2005) by Roberta Edwards

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (2005) by Roberta Edwards

Leonardo da Vinci was a gifted painter, talented musician, and dedicated scientist and inventor, designing flying machines (more of theatrical objects), made prototype submarines, and even basic mechanics and sketches for future airplane. Yet he had a hard time finishing things, a problem anyone can relate to. Only thirteen paintings are known to be his; as for the illustrated encyclopaedia he intended to create, all that he left were thousands of disorganized notebook pages. Here is an accessible portrait of a fascinating man who lived at a fascinating time — Italy during the Renaissance. In fact, Leonardo is called “The Renaissance Man”, polymath, term use to describe a person with many talents or areas of knowledge.

This book – with pictures – is very basic. Many things about Leonardo are not covered in this book (example, he was a gay) and well so because it mainly written for young reader. I can’t wait to read Walter Isaacson’s new book, subject-name title, Leonardo da Vinci. I saw one at MHP Bookstore, The Spring, but still expensive… maybe I should wait for it to come out at BookXcess. Meanwhile, I’ll stay curious and continue to learn more about him and his thinking. Leo once said, “Learning never exhausts the mind.”


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