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Walter Isaacson, author of the bestselling biographies Benjamin Franklin, Einstein, and Steve Jobs, delivers Leonardo da Vinci, an engrossing portrayal of the world’s most creative genius.

Using thousands of pages from Leonardo’s astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Isaacson weaves a narrative connecting his art and science and emphasizes that his creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. Isaacson describes how Leonardo’s lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings. The artist peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted history’s most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper.
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