“Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson.

The book is full of useful information. However, the reproductions of da Vinci’s paintings are poor.

An example is the painting of Ginevra de’ Benci, a Florentine aristocrat (Fig. 14). Her cheeks glow with a red blush as if she  had just seen a make-up artist. To understand what da Vinci’s painting of this elegant lady really looks like, download a copy from National Gallery of Art.

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