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Da Vinci's ghost. genius, obsession, and how Leonardo created the world in his own image

Lester, Toby (Author).

Summary:

Journalist and storyteller Toby Lester brings Vitruvian Man to life, resurrecting the ghost of an unknown Leonardo. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Brunelleschi of the famous Dome, "Da Vinci's Ghost" opens up a surprising window onto the artist and philosopher himself and the tumultuous intellectual and cultural transformations he bridged.

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  • ISBN: 1439189242
  • ISBN: 9781439189245
  • Physical Description: 275 p.
  • Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note:
Includes bibliographical references (p. 231-254) and index.
Formatted Contents Note:
Prologue. 1490 -- Body of empire -- Microcosm -- Master Leonardo -- Milan -- The artist-engineer -- Master builders -- Body and soul -- Portrait of the artist -- Epilogue. Afterlife.
Subject: Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519. Vitruvian man.
Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519 > Criticism and interpretation.

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  • 1 of 1 copy available at Kirtland Community College.

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Da Vinci's Ghost : Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
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Lester (contributing editor, The Atlantic; author, The Fourth Part of the World, CH, Sep'10, 48-0424) presents a well-written, fascinating account of perhaps the world's most well-known drawing, Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man. The book interweaves two stories. One concerns Leonardo the individual--his background, his environment, and the particular circumstances of the drawing itself. The other is a historical account tracing the underlying idea of the Vitruvian man through the centuries leading up to Leonardo. This drawing of a human figure fitted exactly into a square and circle. It graphically expresses their symbolic significance--the circle as cosmic and divine, the square as earthly and secular--and further demonstrates the power of art and geometry to illustrate such concepts as the microcosm and macrocosm, the ideal proportions of the human body, and the nature of beauty. Although the author diligently examines a wide variety of sources ranging from the sculptors of ancient Greece to the mystical visions of Hildegard von Bingen, the elegant mind and hand of Leonardo most perfectly embody the Renaissance hope that the powers of reason and observation will reveal humans' ultimate role in the universe. Summing Up: Highly recommended. Lower-level undergraduates and above; general readers. R. M. Davis emeritus, Albion College

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Before The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci created what would become one of the most reproduced images in the world, known formally as Vitruvian Man. A "man in a circle and a square," the image continues to be "deployed variously to celebrate all sorts of ideas," but it also represents da Vinci's particular preoccupations. Da Vinci, writes Atlantic contributing editor Lester, wanted to "to investigate the makeup and function of everything." One of the great contributions of books like this is to keep the reader from taking for granted a familiar object. Lester's detective story has a satisfying number of insights, such as that Leonardo's drive to accurately represent the human body was grounded in a desire to find the location of the soul. Lester (The Fourth Part of the World) also covers a broad swath of history, suggesting, for instance, that Hildegard of Bingen was one of da Vinci's main precursors in believing the human body to be a microcosm of the world. Finally, Lester braids intellectual threads-philosophy, anatomy, architecture, and art-together in a way that reaffirms not only Leonardo's genius but also re-establishes the significance of historical context in understanding great works of art. Illus. (Feb.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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Almost everyone is familiar with the Vitruvian Man, an image created by Renaissance painter and inventor Leonardo da Vinci depicting a disrobed four-armed, four-legged man framed in a circle and square staring stolidly out at the viewer. The drawing, created by Da Vinci in 1487, has appeared on everything from coffee mugs to spacecraft and is often used by alternative-medicine purveyors as a symbol of homeopathic wellness. Few people may know, however, what motivated the artist to draft the illustration or what a rich history lies behind its creation. Lester, whose previous acclaimed book, The Fourth Part of the World (2009), told the riveting true story of the map that gave America its name, here provides an equally compelling survey of the social and artistic influences leading to Vitruvian Man's creation. Along the way, Lester dissects the popular Renaissance notion that man's God-given, perfect proportions justified using him as a template for architecture and paints a rare, vivid portrait of a younger, enthusiastic Leonardo, who promoted this idea. Highly recommended.--Hays, Carl Copyright 2010 Booklist

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Lester, a contributing editor to The Atlantic, goes back to ancient Rome and the influence of first-century architect Vitruvius for a history of Leonardo da Vinci's "Vitruvian Man," the famous image depicting a man fitting his body into a square and a circle by adjusting his arms and legs. Enlightening and carefully researched, this account of Leonardo's life and work reveals the human qualities of the self-taught genius as it discusses the scientific, theological, philosophical, and artistic beliefs of the early Renaissance that led to the drawing. VERDICT Narrator Stephen Hoye does a credible job of bringing this exciting historical period to life. Art enthusiasts, history buffs, and those wanting to know more about the great Leonardo, as well as the idea of man as a microcosm for the world, will appreciate this audiobook. ["A book for anyone who has wondered about the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the Italian Renaissance," read the review of the Free Pr: S. & S. hc, LJ 2/1/12.-Ed.]-Nancy R. Ives, SUNY at Geneseo (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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