A genius in pictures
In The Genius of Leonardo, by Guido Visconti and Bimba Landmann (Barefoot Books pound;9.99), we have a glorious example of a book that succeeds in all departments even though it has the added risk of being a translation.
This English-laguage edition, translated from the Italian by Mark Roberts, has been gorgeously produced by Barefoot Books. Narrated by Giacomo, a young assistant, the book uses quotes directly from Leonardo da Vinci's manuscripts, references for which are given at the back. The artwork, by Bimba Landmann, is evocative and notable for her restrained, but consistent, use of a silver pen. Instead of the usual summary of a subject's life, written in order of key dates at the front or back of the book, the highlights are written beneath artist's impressions of da Vinci's notebooks. Recommended for Year 3 and above.