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Becoming Leonardo

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Becoming Leonardo by Mike Lankford
  • Hardcover $28.99

    Mar 28, 2017 | 304 Pages

  • Ebook $22.99

    Mar 28, 2017

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“Mike Lankford offers a compelling tour d’horizon of Leonardo’s life and work, using the known facts as jumping-off points for tantalizing (but still level-headed) speculations and reconstructions. In challenging old clichés and assumptions, and assessing the ambiguous evidence from fresh new angles, he paints one of the most intimate and clear-sighted portraits we’re likely to have of such an elusive artist.” —Ross King, author of Brunelleschi’s Dome

“With scholarly research and a novelist’s ability to zoom in and paint a truly intimate portrait of one of the greatest creators in human history, Becoming Leonardo does what historians long to do, and novelists often struggle to achieve. A book that has the pace, elegance, and authorial omnipresence of a novel, but which will enlighten, rather than annoy, the astute historian.” Noah Charney, best-selling author of The Art of Forgery

“A strange, passionate, impressionistic biographical meditation…Lankford has produced a reading experience far more similar to Sebastian de Grazia’s surreal life of Machiavelli, Machiavelli in Hell—and every bit as rewarding.” —Open Letters Monthly

“Provocative…Lankford…argues that da Vinci’s human frailty made him the genius we know today.”—Quartz

“Many books have been written on the life of Leonardo da Vinci…But no one has probed his soul and speculated so profoundly about his actions quite the way Mike Lankford does…Strips away the polish and shows the man with all his peculiarities.”—Shelf Awareness

“A creative biography of the great Renaissance artist and inventor, taking the bare factual outline we have of da Vinci’s life and and filling it in with 15th-century Italy’s society, culture and history; the people and personalities who surrounded da Vinci; and the constancies of human nature.”—Oregonian

“All those things you think you know about Leonardo Da Vinci? You may want to put them aside after you’ve read Becoming Leonardo…Peeks into the life and quirks of the master as it takes you back several centuries to Renaissance Italy.”—Idaho Press-Tribune

“Like a jazz musician taking a theme and improvising upon it, [Lankford] evokes aspects of da Vinci’s personal and professional life and imagines (and reimagines) them. He doesn’t dispute facts; he just asks ‘What if?’ and his slightly irreverent, totally accessible style only increases our appreciation of this great artist and complex human being.”—Booklist/American Library Association

“Fun and enlightening…Lankford’s unconventional approach provides for a deeper appreciation of a genius.” —Publishers Weekly

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