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Becoming Leonardo : an exploded view of the life of Leonardo da Vinci / Mike Lankford.

Author/creator Lankford, Mike author.
Format Book and Print
Publication Info Brooklyn : Melville House, [2017]
Descriptionxii, 289 pages ; 23 cm
Contents King Death -- Everything's big at first -- Hot to trot -- Jailbird -- Strange fruit hanging from the balcony rail -- From the edge to the center -- The musician from Florence -- Ingenio -- Horsing around -- The middle is off center -- A question too far -- Shadow boxing the self -- Leonardo, exploded view -- Academia Leonardi Vinci -- Chaos on the hoof -- Machiavelli enters the mix -- Here be dragons -- Florence redux -- Fighting the battle -- Jumping off the cliff -- I'm outta here! -- You again? -- Milan II -- Rome -- Playing kickball at Cloux -- Autopsy.
Abstract "While Leonardo Da Vinci is one of the most discussed artists of all time, it's shocking how little is actually known about him -- at least, according to most of his biographies. Why did he leave so many projects uncompleted? Why did a seeming peace-lover volunteer to create war machines for the Borgias? Why did he always take the Mona Lisa with him, whereever he went? Didn't he have any friends? Was he really at war with Michaelangelo? Was he gay? And why did he flee to France seemingly, to die? In fact much is known about Leonardo, but modern scholars and biographers have routinely avoided making assumptions based on that evidence, either out of academic caution or the impulse to be p.c. And yet evidence abounds for thoughtful speculation. Enter passionate Da Vinci fan Mike Lankford, who has written the first biography openly and thoroughly discussing that available evidence and what it might indicate -- often in rather strong terms. What's more, Lankford presents DaVinci's life as the exciting narrative it seems to have actually been -- fleeing from one sanctuary to the next, somehow surviving his time in war zones beside his freind Machiavelli, struggling to make art his way or no way at all ... and often paying dearly for those decisions. It is, in the end, a thrilling and fascinating journey into the life of a ferociously dedicated loner, whose artwork in one way or another represents his noble rebellion, providing inspiration that is, quite apparently, timeless."--Publisher's description.
Bibliography noteIncludes bibliographical references (pages [271]-279) and index.
Issued in other formOnline version: Lankford, Mike, author. Becoming Leonardo Brooklyn : Melville House, 2017 9781612195964
LCCN 2016047737
ISBN9781612195957 (hardback)
ISBN1612195954 (hardback)

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