Leonardo by Robert Byrd
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Famous in his time as a painter, prankster, and philosopher, Leonardo da Vinci was also a musician, sculptor, and engineer for dukes, popes, and kings. What remains of his work-from futuristic designs and scientific inquiry to artwork of ethereal beauty-reveals the ambitious, unpredictable brilliance of a visionary, and a timeless dreamer.

Robert Byrd celebrates this passionate, playful genius in a glowing picture book replete with the richness and imagination of Leonardo's own notebooks. Twenty lavish spreads, including side drawings, supplemental texts, and quotes from Leonardo's writings, highlight distinct periods and make the master's art, jokes, explorations, and inventions wonderfully vivid and accessible. A striking tribute to an irrepressible mind and to the potential within all who are curious.


About Robert Byrd

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Robert Byrd is the author and illustrator of several award-winning books for young people.
Published July 28, 2003 by Dutton Children's Books. 40 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, History, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Readers will enjoy hints of Leonardo's roguishness: he described Michelangelo's sculptures as ""bags of nuts"" and he would inflate a sheep's intestine with a bellows ""until it filled the room like a giant balloon and flattened people against the walls."" The skillful use of color schemes, p...

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