Synopses & Reviews
In the nearly 500 years since his death, Leonardo da Vinci has been vested with an almost mythical stature the Universal Man who personified the flowering of human achievement known as the Renaissance. But despite the universality of his reputation the painter of the Mona Lisa has remained as elusive as his sitter's identity.
With the aid of Leonardo's own notebooks, together with accounts by contemporaries, Serge Bramly has produced a comprehensive portrait of the life, work and times of the artist. What emerges is a complex and charismatic human being insecure about his place in society, ambiguous in his sexuality, fond of puns and practical jokes, and, ultimately, agonized in old age by the little time left to him to unlock the mysteries of the world.
"A considerable work of assimilative scholarship and common sense...races along merrily." The Boston Globe
"Bramly makes it possible for us better to understand Leonardo's greatness....This is a very fine book." Daily Telegraph
"Wit, lucidity, and a passion for his subject that never descends to hagiography...crammed with fascinating details...anyone who starts this biography won't be able to put it down." Newsday
"Serge Bramly is informed and illuminating...he communicates the span of a complex life in changeable times with unprecedented clarity." Observer
"A considerable work of assimilative scholarship and common sense...races along merrily."and#151;The Boston Globe.
Includes bibliographical references (p. -465) and index.
Table of Contents
I. A Cirlce of Mirrors
II. Lovable as a Love Child
III. Artium Mater
IV. Fear and Desire
VI. Pen and Penknife
VII. Thoughts Turn to Hope
VIII. The Absolute Man
IX. Laurels and Tempests
X. Like a Well-Filled Day
XI. The Traces
Leading Artists of the Quattrocento