Da Vinci's Ghost
Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image
Publication Date: February 2012
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Author Toby Lester cracks open Leonardo Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man in order to explore the cultural explosion of Renaissance Europe.
Toby Lester is the author of the Barnes & Noble Discover Award finalist The Fourth Part of the World. He is a contributing editor to and has written extensively for the Atlantic, and his work has been featured on the radio show This American Life. He is an invited research scholar at Brown University's John Carter Brown Library and a former Peace Corps volunteer and United Nations observer. Toby lives in the Boston area with his wife and three daughters. Stephen Hoye has won thirteen AudioFile Earphones Awards and two prestigious APA Audie Awards, including one for the New York Times bestseller Rich Dad, Poor Dad by Robert T. Kiyosaki. A graduate of London's Guildhall and a veteran of London's West End, Stephen has recorded many other notable titles, such as Every Second Counts by Lance Armstrong and The Google Story by David A. Vise and Mark Malseed.
Most people are familiar with Leonardo da Vinci's Vitruvian Man: A nude man, with his arms and legs outstretched, inside a square within a circle. In his book Da Vinci's Ghost, author Toby Lester tells the story of da Vinci's quest to create an image of the perfectly proportioned human. More at NPR.org
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"Lester braids intellectual threads---philosophy, anatomy, architecture, and art---together in a way that reaffirms not only Leonardo's genius but also re-establishes the significance of historical context in understanding great works of art." ---Publishers Weekly Starred Review