By Mike Lankford

Why did Leonardo Da Vinci depart such a lot of of his significant works uncompleted? Why did this resolute pacifist construct battle machines for the infamous Borgias? Why did he hold the Mona Lisa with him all over the place he went for many years, but by no means fairly end it? Why did he write backwards, and was once he fairly at battle with Michelangelo? And was once he homosexual?
In a publication in contrast to whatever ever written concerning the Renaissance genius, Mike Lankford explodes each cliché approximately Da Vinci after which reconstructs him according to a wealthy trove of accessible evidence—bringing to existence for the trendy reader the guy who has been studied by way of students for hundreds of years, but has remained as mysterious as ever.   
trying to envision Da Vinci with no the obscuring residue of old varnish, the points of interest, sounds, smells, and suppose of Renaissance Italy—usually lacking in different biographies—are all the following, transporting readers again to a global of warfare and plague and courtroom intrigue, of viciously aggressive well-known artists, of murderous tyrants with beautiful tastes in artwork ….
Lankford brilliantly captures Da Vinci's existence because the compelling and hazardous experience it kind of feels to have truly been—fleeing from one sanctuary to the following, by some means surviving in struggle zones beside his good friend Machiavelli, suffering to make paintings his means or no manner in any respect ... and infrequently paying dearly for these decisions.
it's a exciting and soaking up trip into the lifetime of a ferociously devoted loner, whose paintings in a single manner or one other represents his noble uprising, offering thought that's timeless.

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