On the 2nd of May this year we marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. Alas, it was only sensible to expect an avalanche of books about him and his work to come out this year. Being who I am, an art history student and enthusiast, I grabbed every single one I saw.
The Da Vinci Legacy: How a 16th Century Solitary Genius Became a Global Pop Icon is a pseudo-biographical non-fiction book written by Jean-Pierre Isbouts and Christopher Heath Brown.
There is so much to say about this book, however, I will keep it short. The main reason is that I disliked the book quite a bit. I wouldn’t call it an easy read, especially not for someone who isn’t well versed in the subject. But, I am, and even though when I started reading I was not intending to nitpick at details that did not add up about Leonardo da Vinci himself and art in general, I simply could not unsee some of the bullshit I’ve read. I will not provide examples. The only reason is that I do not see the need and do not want to start a quarrel in the comments. If anyone wishes to discuss this further you are free to DM me.
I did enjoy the writing style and some of the biographical segments, but the earlier mentioned details bothered me beyond measure.
As I said I am keeping it short, this will be all from me.
I received this book in exchange for an honest review.