Da Vinci's Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
Da Vinci's Ghost Genius Obsession and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image Author:Toby Lester In this ?richly rewarding history? (The New York Times Book Review), Toby Lester explores Leonardo da Vinci?s famous drawing of a man in a circle and a square.Today, the Vitruvian Man appears on everything from coffee cups and T-shirts to book covers and corporate logos. Somehow it has become the world?s most famous cultural icon, yet almost nob... more »ody knows anything about it. In telling its story, Toby Lester, author of the award-winning Fourth Part of the World, weaves together a century-spanning saga of fascinating characters and ideas. Like Vitruvian Man itself, this book captures a pivotal time in the history of Western thought when the Middle Ages was giving way to the Renaissance, when art and science and philosophy all seemed to be converging as one, and when it seemed just possible, at least to Leonardo da Vinci, that a single human being might embody?and even understand?the nature of everything.« less
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