By Toby Lester
In Da Vinci's Ghost, seriously acclaimed historian Toby Lester tells the tale of the world's so much iconic photograph, the Vitruvian guy, and sheds outstanding new mild at the artistry and scholarship of Leonardo da Vinci, one in all history's such a lot interesting figures.
Deftly weaving jointly artwork, structure, historical past, theology, and lots more and plenty 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 was once encouraged by means of the assumption initially formulated through the Roman architect Vitruvius, who steered that the human physique will be made to slot inside of a circle, lengthy linked to the divine, and a sq., relating to the earthly and secular. to put a guy within these shapes was once to indicate that the human physique might certainly be a blueprint for the workings of the universe. Da Vinci increased Vitruvius' inspiration to exhilarating heights while he got down to do anything unparalleled, 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 virtually godlike standpoint at the make-up of the area.
Written with an identical narrative aptitude and highbrow sweep as Lester's award-winning first publication, the "almost unbearably thrilling" (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 knowing the secrets and techniques of the Vitruvian guy. It captures a pivotal time in Western historical past whilst the center a long time have been giving method to the Renaissance, whilst artwork, technological know-how, and philosophy have been speedily converging, and while it appeared attainable unmarried man or woman may well embody-and even understand-the nature of the universe.