By Toby Lester

ISBN-10: 1439189234

ISBN-13: 9781439189238

ISBN-10: 1439189242

ISBN-13: 9781439189245

ISBN-10: 1452655367

ISBN-13: 9781452655369

In Da Vinci's Ghost, severely acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the tale of the world’s such a lot iconic photograph, the Vitruvian guy, and sheds impressive new mild at the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo da Vinci, one in every of history’s so much interesting figures.

Deftly weaving jointly paintings, structure, historical past, theology, and masses else, Da Vinci's Ghost is a main highbrow enchantment.”Charles Mann, writer of 1493

Da Vinci didn’t summon Vitruvian guy out of skinny air. He used to be encouraged through the belief initially formulated by way of the Roman architect Vitruvius, who steered that the human physique should be made to slot inside of a circle, lengthy linked to the divine, and a sq., concerning the earthly and secular. to put a guy within these shapes was once to indicate that the human physique may certainly be a blueprint for the workings of the universe. Da Vinci increased Vitruvius’ concept to exhilarating heights whilst he got down to do whatever extraordinary, if the human physique actually mirrored the cosmos, he reasoned, then learning its anatomy extra completely than had ever been tried before—peering deep into physique and soul—might provide him a nearly godlike point of view at the make-up of the realm.

Written with a similar narrative aptitude and highbrow sweep as Lester’s award-winning first publication, the “almost unbearably exciting” (Simon Winchester) Fourth a part of the realm, and fantastically illustrated with Da Vinci's drawings, Da Vinci’s Ghost follows Da Vinci on his trip to realizing the secrets and techniques of the Vitruvian guy. It captures a pivotal time in Western background whilst the center a long time have been giving solution to the Renaissance, while paintings, technological know-how, and philosophy have been quickly converging, and whilst it appeared attainable unmarried person may possibly embody—and even understand—the nature of the universe.

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