Leonardo Da Vinci

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Children's Literature - Jan Lieberman
When I saw the painting "The Lady with the Ermine" on the jacket of this book, I could not resist reading it. In less than 100 pages, the author explores the scope of Leonardo's multi-faceted talent and his impact on the rulers and artists of the Renaissance. The reproductions of the paintings are first rate and set a new standard in children's books. The drawing and sketches from Leonardo's notebooks are well chosen and show his genius and versatility.
School Library Journal
Gr 5-12-- A readable, inviting introduction to the great master that is compelling in its narrative and presentation. The most helpful parts of the book are its excellent organization and the inclusion of analysis of some of da Vinci's important works, pointing to elements such as lighting, positioning of the figures, details of dress, and landscape to help viewers interpret these masterpieces. The explanations and superb quality reproductions show why his works are considered to be such great treasures of the world. Less formal sketches from journals and notebooks are also presented, giving readers a glimpse of the artist at work, as well as his work as a scientist and an engineer. Photographs of various locales that da Vinci visited or lived in provide readers with a sense of his world and his time; McLanathan further develops the evolution of art with thoroughness and grace. Granted that he began with a great subject, but his prose style is equal to the legendary quality of the artist. --Ruth K. MacDonald, Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780810912564
  • Publisher: Abrams, Harry N., Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/1990
  • Series: First Impressions Series
  • Pages: 92
  • Age range: 12 - 17 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.75 (w) x 10.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2000

    A glimpse At Leonardo's work

    Contents: Da Vinci's biography is the essential thread by which this book is organized. Starting from his childhood in Vinci the book follows his development as an artist through his life in Florence, Milan to his death. The information provided largely relates to his work as an artist and painter with a few comments on his accomplishments as a scientist. A very interesting aspect of this book is the attempt to relate aspects of his artistic work to key experiences during his childhood such as the water filled grotto found close to his birthplace in Vinci and the forces of nature in the shape of a hurricane sweeping down the Arno valley. Personal rating: What I really enjoyed about this book was the effort that was being made by the authors to relate work by da Vinci to backgroud information. The backgound information provided partially came from his childhood experiences (the storm that he witnessed during his childhood, the quality of lightfound in the mediterranean ( reminds me of studies done by Ansel Adams)) as well as excerpts from his notebooks detailing the sometimes extensive studies done to prepare for a painting. In essence what I liked about the book was the efforts made to discuss his work, put it in perspective with respect to the experiences that he had. What i disliked about the book: What I disliked about the book was that it seemed to me to heavily weighed towards the artistic accomplishments of his life. I felt that the other aspects of his work related to science and technology were less extensivly discussed. At least in my opinion that is one of the key aspects of da Vinci's work. His paintings are exceptional and rank him among the top artists of his century, the Mona Lisa ( which in my opinion would have deserved a more extensive discussion)is certainly among the top rated paintings of all times. However I do believe that his scientific work puts him centuries ahead of his time and is the really fascinating aspect of this man. Unfortunately this aspect is not sufficiently honoured in this book. Summary I very much enjoyed reading this book and I liked the discussions that were being made of his artistic work. The book can be read in about an hour (the time it takes for a trainride from the middle of the Hudson valley down to New York City). However it tends to stay a little bit on the surface and I will be searching for more literature on Leonardo. A very good primer for people interested in Leonardo's work.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2006


    From a reluctant sixth grader, one chapter was enough to send me over the edge.

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