Leonardo da Vinci

Ranked #2 in Italian History, Ranked #2 in Artist Biographysee more rankings.

Based on thousands of pages from Leonardo's astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardo's genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued... more

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Bill Gates CEO/MicrosoftI think Leonardo was one of the most fascinating people ever. Although today he’s best known as a painter, Leonardo had an absurdly wide range of interests, from human anatomy to the theater. Isaacson does the best job I’ve seen of pulling together the different strands of Leonardo’s life and explaining what made him so exceptional. A worthy follow-up to Isaacson’s great biographies of Albert Einstein and Steve Jobs. (Source)

Satya Nadella CEO/MicrosoftMicrosoft CEO has plunged into what must be an advance copy of Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson, who has written biographies of Steve Jobs, Albert Einstein and Ben Franklin. Isaacson’s biography is based on the Renaissance master’s personal notebooks, so you know we’re going to be taken into the creative mind of the genius. (Source)

Ryan Holiday AuthorTruly excellent book about one of history’s all time greats. (Source)

John Craig Currently reading Leonardo da Vinci by Walter Isaacson: What am I expecting from it? The same things I expect from every book that I read: to change my life for the better. (Source)

Michael Gervais Isaacson has really captured the complex brilliance of one of the most extraordinary humans in the world. It’s a favourite of mine. (Source)

Mukesh Ambani I am reading this great book [...]. He is my favorite author. (Source)

Adam Grant A captivating narrative about art and science, curiosity and discipline. (Source)

Marina Amaral I'm reading this book for the second time. For me, it's one of the best biographies written in the last few years. https://t.co/Puzs525UR3 (Source)

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