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Leonardo da Vinci (Vita-Breve / Brief Life) (Spanish Edition) (Spanish) Paperback – February 28, 2002

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  • Series: Vita-Breve / Brief Life
  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: Grijalbo Mondadori Sa; Tra edition (February 28, 2002)
  • Language: Spanish
  • ISBN-10: 8439708580
  • ISBN-13: 978-8439708582
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.2 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,083,388 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Eric J. Lyman on May 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Because Leonardo da Vinci was so prolific and so ahead of his time in so many areas, the big temptation is for biographers to focus on one part of his biography -- both because it's easier and because most readers are likely drawn to him because of one particular part of his talents.

Ostensibly, this book does exactly that: it focuses Leonardo the anatomist, which, of all the great Tuscan's talents -- among his other talents he could have been renowned solely as a sculptor, painter, inventor, architect, designer, urban planner, philosopher, physicist, or mathematician -- is probably the least interesting to me. The focus of the book wasn't clear to me when I picked it up at an airport book store (which is a criticism, by the way), but it turned out to be an unexpectedly inspired choice, because Leonardo's study of anatomy was linked directly and indirectly to so many of his other pursuits.

Because of that, the first 2/3 of the book are background that touch on most of Leonardo's disciplines in chronological order, giving what amounts to one of the better overviews of the original Renaissance Man that I've come across (and I've read several). Only at the end does well-regarded author Sherwin B. Nuland tie it together by examining issues related to anatomy in more detail, at which point I admit I began to lose interest -- not because of any fault of the book's but simply because I get a bit queasy when the conversation turns to things like filling a human eye with different substances so it can be cut open and examined without it collapsing.

I give the book good marks for readability, no doubt inspired in part by Mr. Nuland's obvious passion for all things Leonardo. And the unusually thoughtful bibliography was a nice surprise.
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