Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci - Walter Isaacson
Walter Isaacson fast become one of my favourite biographers after I read the Steve Jobs biography he wrote. Any story can be made interesting and suck you into turning page after page to read on if it is well crafted. More goes into a great biography than simply a factual retelling of an individuals life. Isaacson has such great skill at making you feel like you are right there with these great people throughout history while they are writing history and mastering their own craft.
Leonardo da Vinci was a thoroughly fascinating human being whose inquisitiveness knew no limit and is what set him apart in being recognized as a creative genius. This biography tells the story of his own life as well as the life da Vinci breathed into his world famous works of art. The hardcover copy of this book is well worth buying to get full-colour copies of all of the artwork described throughout the book so that you can see for yourself what is being referred to as Isaacson describes the subtle details of each image and the signature trademarks that indicate them to be works of da Vinci.
Anyone who thrives on curiosity and asking questions to get to the root of a subject is going to love this story of a legend who honed his creativity by always maintaining a childlike curiosity.