Book Review: Leonardo Da Vinci A Life From Beginning To End

There are few people in the history of the world who evoke as much curiosity and wonder as Leonardo Da Vinci. This book serves as a combination of mini-biography and highlights reel of his career. However there is little here that you won’t already know if you’ve read about him before.
In addition, some of the writing is of a low quality (I wonder if English is the authors first language?) and certain items are written about out of order chronologically.

The descriptions of some of Leonardos best known works are interesting enough but it’s disappointing that the book contains no illustrations to accompany.

Favourite Quotes:

“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”-Leonardo Da Vinci

“there is something supernatural in the accumulation in one individual of so much beauty, grace and might.”
-Vasari

In summary this book is well worth a read as an introduction to Da Vinci just to learn some quick facts and it’s so short (and FREE) that it can’t be considered a waste of time but is by no means definitive.
3/5

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