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“... (Payne) has the reward, as does John Keegan, of utilizing prose to raise evidence, figures, dates and occasions into the nation-states of the dramatic.”
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Based on completely clean fundamental examine. Leonardo provides very important new details and views on essentially the most attention-grabbing males and maximum geniuses of all time.
the next are just many of the new and arguable findings provided by means of Payne during this hugely readable publication. The portrait of a bearded guy universally authorized as a self-portrait is de facto a drawing of Leonardo’s father. the topic of the Mona Lisa used to be no longer the spouse of a service provider however the Duchess of Milan. (Among the illustrations within the ebook are past, seldom-seen Mona Lisas.) Leonardo was once now not the son of a peasant girl, because it is usually notion he was once, yet of a high-born woman.
Payne paints a very convincing photograph of Leonardo not just as an enormous of his age, but additionally as a guy, human, actual, easy and usual. along with dispelling many myths approximately him, the writer locations his topic realistically in his personal time—the summit of the Italian Renaissance with its wars and unexpected upheavals, its unsurpassed artists and designers, its formidable and infrequently warring princes. Leonardo is a meticulously actual booklet and it reads like a speedily paced novel.

Robert Payne (1911-1983) used to be born in Cornwall, U.K. His father used to be English, his mom French. He used to be trained at St. Paul's tuition in London and on the universities of Liverpool, Capetown in South Africa, Munich and The Sorbonne. in the course of his lifetime he had over 100 books released on a variety of topics, the widest diversity of any recognized writer. He used to be recognized mainly for his biographies and background books, between them Hitler, Lenin, Stalin, Gandhi, Leonardo, Chaplin, the Christian Centuries, the area of artwork. He additionally wrote novels and poetry. Librarians enjoyed him; critics raved approximately him. Orville Prescott of the hot York instances talked about him as “a literary phenomenon of staggering versatility and industry.”

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