Friday, April 15, 2005

Leonardo da Vinci

Google is celebrating the birthday of Leonardo. He was born on April 15, 1452 in Vinci, Italy, near Florence.

Diane Stanley's book Leonardo is a well researched and elegantly illustrated work.

My favorite "Leonardo" book is Leonardo's Horse by Jean Fritz and illustrated by the incomparable Hudson Talbott. From the moment you see that curved top you know you are in for a treat. Fritz and Talbott weave the story of the magnificent horse sculpture Leonardo designed for the Duke of Milan. Sadly, the giant bronze horse was never completed during his lifetime. The centuries zoom forward to 1977 when Charles Dent decided he would make Leonardo's horse a reality. This moving story is enjoyed by folks of all ages.

I love Hudson Talbott's work.

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