Da Vinci for dummies / by Jessica Teisch, with Tracy Barr.

Presents Leonardo Da Vinci's career, from his famous paintings to his scientific work in botany, geology, optics, and aerodynamics.

Bibliographic Details
Main Author: Teisch, Jessica.
Other Authors: Barr, Tracy L.
Format: Book
Published: Hoboken, N.J. ; Chichester : Wiley Pub., c2005.
Series:--For dummies.
Table of Contents:
  • Introduction
  • Part I: The mind of the Renaissance
  • Leonardo: the big picture
  • Living in Renaissance Italy
  • Uncovering the life and mind of a genius
  • Influencing Leonardo
  • Part II: Building on what others knew: Leonardo's scientific mind
  • The art of the human body
  • An inquiring mind: Leonardo and the natural world
  • Part III: Reinventing the world: new machines for a new world
  • Machines for home and work
  • Leo the defense contractor: his water works and war machines
  • Leonardo's flying machines
  • Part IV: The divinity of the painter and architect
  • The master of his (artistic) domain: transforming Renaissance art
  • Mona Lisa's smile and other mysterious mugs: Leonardo's portraits
  • Town and country: Leo's landscapes, maps, and city designs
  • Part V: Leonardo, his religious artwork, and the Da Vinci code
  • Getting religion: Leonardo's religious beliefs and paintings
  • Leonardo's (faux) fresco: The last supper
  • Breaking The Da Vinci Code
  • Part VI: The part of tens
  • Leonardo's ten (or so) manuscripts
  • Leonardo's top ten masterpieces
  • Ten plus places to find Leonardo's original works
  • Ten fun facts about Leo.