Leonardo Da Vinci: The Genius Who Defined the Renaissance (National Geographic World History Biography Series)

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The original "Renaissance Man" was a scientist, a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a military engineer, an inventor, and a musician. Although he died in 1519, he left a rich legacy of learning in scores of notebooks. These included the first detailed drawings of the human anatomy, pioneering notes on the structure and growth of plants, and even detailed diagrams of machinery from which modern-day engineers have constructed prototypes. His 15th century imagination envisaged tanks and helicopters, and he even ...
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The original "Renaissance Man" was a scientist, a painter, a sculptor, an architect, a military engineer, an inventor, and a musician. Although he died in 1519, he left a rich legacy of learning in scores of notebooks. These included the first detailed drawings of the human anatomy, pioneering notes on the structure and growth of plants, and even detailed diagrams of machinery from which modern-day engineers have constructed prototypes. His 15th century imagination envisaged tanks and helicopters, and he even used mirror (or backward) writing to protect his ideas. The genius of Leonardo da Vinci continues to inspire and to intrigue each new generation of students throughout the world.

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VOYA - Anita Beaman
Joining other titles on Marie Curie, Gandhi, Galileo, and others, this work is an attractive and friendly resource for students. Phillips creates simple and informative text providing the basic facts on Da Vinci's life. Included are information on his birth, his illegitimacy and what that meant in fifteenth-century Italy, his apprenticeship and training as an artist, and his later life and work. Information on his early life seems more thorough than that on his later years. Although Phillips mentions that on more than one occasion Da Vinci was ahead of his times and even includes a two-page spread on the artist's legacy, the message of his true remarkableness seems lost in a laundry-list approach to his works. The strengths of this biography are its attractive illustrations, the time line of Da Vinci's life across the bottom of each page, and the simple presentation of the facts of his life. Young readers will find the book visually appealing, and those searching for factual information on Da Vinci will find it helpful. Those needing an in-depth look at his life or a real understanding of the man and his work, however, would do better to look elsewhere.
Children's Literature - Barbara Carroll Roberts
Any child who is even mildly interested in art or history will have a very difficult time putting this book down. Gorgeously designed and produced with deep, saturated colors and extremely high quality reproductions of paintings, the book invites long, lingering readings. The text is straight forward yet lively enough to pull along young readers, and Phillips does a terrific job of explaining exactly why Leonardo was considered a genius. For example, in a section titled "The Changing Face of Portrait Painting," the young reader learns how Leonardo revolutionized portraiture, moving away from stiff, formal profiles to full views of people that seem to capture a specific moment in time. Young artists will also enjoy learning how master painters trained young men to become artists during the Renaissance, just as shoemakers or silversmiths trained apprentices. The book is organized chronologically, making it easy for young readers to follow, but each section also includes several sidebars highlighting specific concepts or facts. Back matter includes an excellent glossary, a bibliography and an index. This is part of the "National Geographic World History Biographies" series.
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John Phillips lives in Cheshire, England.
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