Da Vinci's Ghost

Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
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Product Number: DD5303
Released: Feb 07, 2012
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ISBN: #9781452605364
Narrator/s: Stephen Hoye
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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Everybody knows the picture: a man, meticulously rendered by Leonardo da Vinci, standing with arms and legs outstretched in a circle and a square. Deployed today to celebrate subjects as various as the grandeur of art, the beauty of the human form, and the universality of the human spirit, the drawing turns up just about everywhere: in books, on coffee cups, on corporate logos, even on spacecraft. It has, in short, become the world's most famous cultural icon-and yet almost nobody knows about the epic intellectual journeys that led to its creation. In this modest drawing that would one day paper the world, da Vinci attempted nothing less than to calibrate the harmonies of the universe and understand the central role man played in the cosmos.Journalist and storyteller Toby Lester brings Vitruvian Man to life, resurrecting the ghost of an unknown Leonardo. Populated by a colorful cast of characters, including Brunelleschi of the famous Dome, Da Vinci's Ghost opens up a surprising window onto the artist and philosopher himself and the tumultuous intellectual and cultural transformations he bridged. With sparkling prose, Lester captures the brief but momentous time in the history of western thought when the Middle Ages gave way to the Renaissance, art and science and philosophy converged as one, and all seemed to hold out the promise that a single human mind, if properly harnessed, could grasp the nature of everything.

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Da Vinci's Ghost
Product Number: BX00038131
Product Number:Z100091049
Product Number:DD5303

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Author(s): Toby Lester
Narrator(s): Stephen Hoye
Product Number Z100091049
Released: Mar 09, 2015
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Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
ISBN: #9781452625362
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Author(s): Toby Lester
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Released: Sep 11, 2014
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Publisher: Free Press
ISBN: #9781439189252

Professional reviews

"Toby Lester has created a remarkable mŽlange of history, biography, intrigue, and philosophy. Beginning as an examination of Leonardo da Vinci's famous drawing of a man within a square within a circle, this involving book ends up taking us deep into many aspects of the Renaissance world. As we encounter a panoply of fifteenth-century artists, politicians, and thinkers, including da Vinci, we are thrust into a time of tumult. It's an exciting ride, for which narrator Stephen Hoye is well suited. He reads rather like a newscaster, lifting the ends of sentences and sounding upbeat, as if he's on the scene. Just right for a report from the end of one world and the start of another. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2012, Portland, Maine"

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