9780143036128

Leonardo da Vinci : Flights of the Mind

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    9780143036128

  • ISBN10:

    0143036122

  • Edition: Reprint
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2005-11-29
  • Publisher: Penguin Books

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Summary

As the success of blockbusters like The Da Vinci Codeshows, the incomparable and enigmatic Leonardo da Vinci continues to captivate. In this widely acclaimed biography, Charles Nicholl uncovers the man behind the myth of the Renaissance master.” Painter, sculptor, inventor, draftsman, anatomist—Leonardo’s life and career encompassed so many of the creative achievements that made his era spectacular. Nicholl skillfully captures it all while tracing his subject’s journey from an illegitimate child in Tuscany to his service with some of the most powerful families of Renaissance Europe. Rich with historical background, packed with black-and-white and color illustrations, and utterly engaging, this is the definitive look at a figure whose genius reaches out to us through the centuries.

Author Biography

Charles Nicholl is the author of nine books of history, biography, and travel, including the highly regarded The Reckoning. He has presented two documentaries for British television and has lectured in Britain, Italy, and the United States.

Table of Contents

Author's Note xiii
Introduction: The Cooling of the Soup 1(16)
PART ONE Childhood: 1452--1466
Birth
17(4)
The da Vinci
21(5)
Caterina
26(4)
`My first memory . . .'
30(7)
At the Mill
37(5)
Speaking with Animals
42(5)
The `Madonna of the Snow'
47(6)
Education
53(8)
PART TWO Apprenticeship: 1466--1477
The City
61(7)
Renaissance Men
68(4)
Andrea's Bottega
72(5)
Learning the Trade
77(13)
Spectaculars
90(4)
On the Lantern
94(4)
First Paintings
98(6)
The Dragon
104(3)
Ginevra
107(7)
The Saltarelli Affair
114(10)
`Companions in Pistoia'
124(7)
PART THREE Independence: 1477--1482
Leonardo's Studio
131(7)
The Hanged Man
138(3)
Zoroastro
141(4)
The Technologist
145(6)
`Poets in a Hurry'
151(4)
The Musician
155(5)
St Jerome and the Lion
160(5)
The Gardens of the Medici
165(3)
The Adoration
168(8)
Leaving
176(9)
PART FOUR New Horizons: 1482--1490
Milan
185(8)
Expatriates and Artists
193(3)
The Virgin of the Rocks
196(5)
Ways of Escape
201(8)
The First Notebooks
209(7)
Tall Tales, Small Puzzles
216(6)
Architectural Projects
222(4)
The Moor's Mistress
226(6)
The Milanese Studio
232(8)
The Anatomist
240(8)
The Sforza Horse
248(3)
At the Corte Vecchia
251(6)
PART FIVE At Court: 1490--1499
Theatricals
257(7)
`Of shadow and light'
264(5)
Little Devil
269(7)
Hunting Bears
276(4)
Casting the Horse
280(5)
`Caterina came. . .'
285(3)
Echoes of War
288(4)
The Making of the Last Supper
292(11)
The `Academy'
303(9)
Leonardo's Garden
312(7)
`Sell what you cannot take . . .'
319(6)
PART SIX On the Move: 1500--1506
Mantua and Venice
325(6)
Back in Florence
331(5)
The Insistent Marchioness
336(6)
Borgia
342(7)
Autumn in Imola
349(4)
A Letter to the Sultan
353(3)
Moving the River
356(5)
Mistress Lisa
361(10)
The Anghiari Fresco (I)
371(5)
Michelangelo
376(7)
A Death and a Journey
383(6)
The Anghiari Fresco (II)
389(5)
The Spirit of the Bird
394(9)
PART SEVEN Return to Milan: 1506--1513
The Governor
403(7)
`Good day, Master Francesco. . .'
410(2)
Brothers at War
412(6)
Dissections
418(5)
Back in the Studio
423(8)
The World and Its Waters
431(3)
Fetes Milanaises
434(4)
La Cremona
438(5)
The `Medical Schools'
443(3)
Chez Melzi
446(3)
Portrait of the Artist at Sixty
449(8)
PART EIGHT Last Years: 1513--1519
Heading South
457(5)
At the Belvedere
462(4)
The Baptist and the Bacchus
466(8)
The Deluge
474(3)
Sickness, Deception, Mirrors
477(6)
Last Visit to Florence
483(3)
Maistre Lyenard
486(3)
The Cardinal Calls
489(4)
`Night was chased away'
493(5)
The Great Sea
498(5)
Notes 503(65)
Sources 568(13)
Illustrations 581(12)
Index 593

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