The Real Leonardo Da Vinci

Rose Sgueglia

Date Published :
October 2021
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Illustration :
32 black and white illustrations
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Binding : Hardback
ISBN : 9781526761057

Dimensions : 9.25 X 6 inches
Stock Status : In stockPages : 184
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Leonardo Da Vinci was left-handed.

That’s probably why he wrote backwards from right to left to avoid smudging ink on his hand as he made notes on his latest works and visionary discoveries.

Words could only be read with the help of a mirror making it taxing for anyone but himself to quickly decode his handwriting.

There are many theories exploring the reason why he kept using “mirror writing” in all his manuscripts.

Some historians say that he was trying to make it more challenging for people to steal his ideas while others claim that it was a clever attempt to hide scientific findings from the intolerant Roman Catholic Church of the Renaissance.

Whatever the logic behind this, the constant association with mirror writing and studies on the human body anatomy, made him one of the most enigmatic figures of his and then of our century. This biography investigates Leonardo and his different roles from anatomist to inventor, architect, painter, rumoured to be templar and scientific pioneer.

Despite leaving several of his works incomplete, Leonardo managed to influence generations of artists and still today remains a highly regarded figure in both the artistic and scientific sector.

About The Author

Rose Sgueglia is a writer and marketing consultant based in Cardiff. She is founder and director of Miss Squiggles, a magazine, marketing agency and online shop. As part of her role at Miss Squiggles, she works with clients on their social media, digital marketing and PR strategies.

Rose is, also, a freelance journalist. Her work has been published in different publications including GQ, La Repubblica, and Yahoo. She holds a BA in Journalism, Film and Media and a Post Graduate Diploma in Magazine Journalism from Cardiff University.

Rose is author of Dear Miss Squiggles, a pocket book; available online and in different bookshops in the UK.


“An inherently fascinating and informative read from beginning to end, The Real Leonardo Da Vinci is a unique study and a well deserved addition to the growing body of literature regarding one of the most influential men of the Renaissance era.”

- Midwest Book Review

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