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on January 13, 2004
Just finished reading this book and I found it to be one of the best all-encompassing views of Leonardo the man, artist, and inventor that I have read. Of course, it is not truly all-encompassing and covering all the details of Leonardo's life, but it covers the basics and gives a nice overall picture of the man and his works. It goes over topics like the extra hand with the knife in The Last Supper to whether or not he was homosexual. I also liked the photo of people in front of The Mona Lisa painting. I've been there and one can see the painting's features much better in a book with no reflections or distance between one and the painting. The book includes a nice selection of his paintings and sketches on glossy paper. This is a wonderful introduction to da Vinci and/or a lovely reminder of highlights of his life and work.
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This 11 x 12.6 inches (28 x 32 cm) book, beautifully published on crispy white glossy paper, contains way over 100 excellent color reproductions mostly of a big size. The color accuracy is as good as it can get. The book is divided into chapters reflecting chronological periods of the artist's life described in detail. The art works are accompanied by thorough analysis. There are also chapters containing life chronology, glossary, selected bibliography, and photographic credits. This is a spectacular book.
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