Leonardo da Vinci: Self Art and Nature (Renaissance Lives) (UK Edition)
This incisive and illuminating biography follows the threethemes that shaped the life of Leonardo da Vinci and, through him,forever changed Western art and imagination: nature, art, andself-fashioning.Nature and art helped form Leonardo. He spent his first twelveyears in the Tuscan countryside before entering the most reputedartistic workshop of Florence. There he blossomed as one of themost promising painters of his time and promptly applied his skillsto explore and question the world through science and invention.Leonardo was also self-fashioned: he received only a basiceducation and grew up around peasants and artisans. But from the1480s onwards, he transformed himself into a court artist andbecame a familiar of kings and rulers.Following the chronology of Leonardo's extraordinary life, thisbook examines Leonardo as artist, courtier, and thinker, andexplores how these aspects found expression in his paintings, aswell as in his work in sculpture, architecture, theater design,urban planning, engineering, anatomy, geology, and cartography.François Quiviger concludes with observations on Leonardo'srelevance today as a model of the multidisciplinary artist whocombines imagination, art, and science—the original, and ultimate,Renaissance Man.