More da Vinci

It's going to be a rainy weekend.  Tournaments are already cancelled.  So, I see some reading in our future.

Continuing our Leonardo da Vinci study, Mary Beth is reading Leonardo da Vinci. More complex than last week’s biography, this beautifully illustrated book details the life of one of the most amazing people who ever lived. Diane Stanley is an incredibly gifted author-artist and her illustrations truly make this book a feast. Patrick is fascinated by The Second Mrs. Giaconda; he’s looking for his own clues to the Mona Lisa mystery. And Christian, who has some experience of his own with writing entirely backwards, is enjoying poking through The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci. The writing in the book has been transcribed from da Vinci’s notebooks (where he wrote reams of notes entirely backwards).

It is interesting to me to see how different our da Vinci study is this time around. Last time we studied da Vinci (five years ago), it was very much a picture study. Michael is so intensely interested in art that the scientist and inventor held little appeal for him. Christian, on the other hand, sees da Vinci in a whole new light. There is little doubt that this is multi-faceted genius, indeed.