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Pushy to the end, she changed tack and asked him for a painting of Jesus instead. He achieved so much. But did multitasking prevent him achieving more? Walter Isaacson has no doubt about the answer. Gay, vegetarian, flamboyant in dress with a preference for pink , erratic in his work habits and astute when it came to self-promotion, Leonardo would have felt at home among the hipsters of today.
Tuscan archives yield up secrets of Leonardo’s mystery mother
WALTER ISAACSON: CRACKING LEONARDO DA VINCI
Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson. This is not about owning a painting. Or at least only about owning a painting. Isaacson is a master at writing books about such world changing characters. Leonardo da Vinci is best understood as part of his series on creative geniuses. Reading about Leonardo da Vinci, his paintings and sculptures, and 15th century Renaissance Italy in the Isaacson book is a total treat. Particularly for somebody like me, who knows next to nothing about art.