Everybody knows Leonardo da Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, drew that famous guy inside a circle, and-oh yeah-has something to do with that code, too. But what about the man behind the myth? Although he's incredibly famous for his artistic achievements, most people don't know much about this genius's life. 101 Things You Didn't Know about Da Vinci takes a fun, fresh look at the master, from his less-than-illustrious origins as an illegitimate child, to his later years hobnobbing with popes, dukes, and kings.
This engaging volume is your ticket to all sorts of off-beat tidbits, including how and why:
- Leonardo developed a backwards writing code, to keep his ideas secret.
- The Italian military swiped the bronze for one of Leonardo's sculptures.
- Catholic monks filed a lawsuit against Leonardo over the Virgin of the Rocks.
- And more
About the Author
Shana Priwer has an undergraduate degree from Columbia University in architecture with minors in math and art history. She earned her master’s degree in architecture from Harvard University and currently works with a software company in San Francisco. As a technical writer, she has collaborated with Cynthia Phillips on a variety of projects. She is the coauthor of 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Einstein.