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Leonardo Da Vinci (Lives of the Artists Series)

Leonardo Da Vinci (Lives of the Artists Series)

by Antony Mason, Leonardo da Vinci
     
 

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Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds of all time. Although he was celebrated as a great artist during his own lifetime, he is now thought of as a scientist, engineer, and inventor as well. He believed that his skills as an artist, however, were the most important and that art could lead to a perfect understanding of the world. Because of his

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Leonardo da Vinci is considered one of the greatest minds of all time. Although he was celebrated as a great artist during his own lifetime, he is now thought of as a scientist, engineer, and inventor as well. He believed that his skills as an artist, however, were the most important and that art could lead to a perfect understanding of the world. Because of his tireless energy, restless curiosity, and multifaceted skills, he is remembered as a true Renaissance man.

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Children's Literature - Meredith E. Kiger
Part of a series on famous artists, Leonardo DaVinci is an in depth, chronological discussion of the many achievements of this complex man. Well researched and interestingly presented, it covers nearly all aspects of DaVinci's life from birth to death. Various elements of painting such as perspective and portraiture and DaVinci's use of them are discussed and illustrated through quality photographs and drawings. Young artists and history buffs will enjoy this interesting approach to biography. Additional artistic and historical facts are included at the end of the book.
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 5-8-Each of these tall, slender volumes packs in many fascinating details about the artist and the times in which he lived. Topical spreads include a clearly written introductory paragraph, several captioned photos and reproductions, a running chronology, and numerous supplementary explanations and sidebars. With this format, it is at times difficult to take in the overwhelming amount of material. The first book offers information about da Vinci's work as a great painter, sculptor, scientist, and engineer. Michelangelo, a painter who preferred to be known as a sculptor, was also an architect and poet. The many color reproductions of the artists' works and modern drawings are as informative as the texts. These titles would make interesting browsing material for students needing extra sources for biographical reports. Robin Richmond's Introducing Michelangelo (Chrysalis, 2002) is easier to read but does not contain as many details. Richard B. McLanathan's Leonardo Da Vinci (Abrams, 1990) is a much smoother read, as is Diane Stanley's Leonardo da Vinci (HarperCollins, 1996).-Lynn K. Vanca, Akron-Summit County Public Library, Richfield, OH Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
Frances Bradburn
Here is a visual, informative book that is also a bargain. In 32 short pages, young people are introduced to one of the world's true geniuses; given examples of his art, his inventive vision, and his well-known attention to scientific detail; offered suggestions for their own artistic projects; and exposed to a brief history of the time. Da Vinci's techniques are discussed and illustrated, and both his successes ("The Mona Lisa") and his failures ("The Last Supper") are covered. Although much of the explanation of artistic technique is sketchy (e.g., readers will not really understand "sfumato" without some previous knowledge of the effect), some of the close-ups of the paintings are dark and muddy, and the artist da Vinci is featured far more prominently than the scientist/inventor da Vinci, this resource is still a tantalizing introduction, one that will encourage young readers to further explore the great artist and all facets of his work.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780836855999
Publisher:
Gareth Stevens Publishing
Publication date:
12/28/2003
Series:
Lives of the Artists Ser.
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
8.70(w) x 11.22(h) x 0.36(d)
Age Range:
10 Years

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