Leonardo da Vinci
Taken from the profane life of the universal genius da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was a painter, architect, inventor, homosexual, left-hander, vegetarian and humanist. Today we worship him as a painter who revolutionized Renaissance art, but his blue-blooded clients praised and wooed the researcher, the military strategist and court entertainer in him, who brought about a new era of reason with his discoveries. Leonardo da Vinci left an encyclopedia of the knowledge of his time and ventured into spheres that had previously been considered absolute taboos.
The Italian journalist Vincenzo Delle Donne tells Leonardo's exciting and enlightening career in a an enticing way - how he became the protagonist of the Renaissance in Florence and the father of an entire generation of artists. Michelangelo and Raphael measured themselves against Leonardo, who finally outshone him artistically.
Vincenzo Delle Donne's book, in his search for clues, illuminates the historical and social environment in Florence and Italy that shaped the universal genius. The book is the product of years of research in Italian archives and museums. Seldom has the historical context of the Renaissance been described in such an interesting and clear manner.