LEONARDO, FLORENCE, AND THE MAGIC THAT WAS CREATED THROUGH COLLABORATION

                                                         An enthusiastic recommendation, the biography released in 2017, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson. 

My belief in creating collaborations with talented and good people was confirmed for me when I recently read the fantastic biography, Leonardo da Vinci, by Walter Isaacson.

As Isaacson repeatedly points out, there would be no Leonardo (April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519), as we know him today, if there was no creative mix in Florence or Milan, and the amazing pool of curious talent, synergy, and financial support from the rulers and elites (Lorenzo de Medici, Ludovico Storza, Cesare Borgia). Genius is not a single person,

but is created within a talented group through their shared ideas, and interactions.

Leonard was a very charming man and well-liked by his contemporaries who he often consulted to answer questions generated by his ravenous curiosity. Leonardo’s notebooks were filled with questions he intended to ask his friends, who specializes in various fields, including: anatomy, astronomy, architecture, mathematics, set design, mechanics, etc. It was in this amazing creative mix that Leonardo learned from his friends and collaborated on projects with them that even involved musical performances, stage production, and live theater.

 

 

Leonardo understood the importance of maintaining important creative relationships and building new ones among his teachers and talented colleagues. As was the custom at the time, as a young man, Leonardo was apprenticed to a workshop headed by a master painter and sculptor, Andrea del Verrocchio. The students were selected with care and were highly trained over many years. At the same time, the paintings and other commissioned works created in Verrocchio’s workshop were produced as group projects by talented students and master alike, all contributing to the finished work. Leonard kept his close friendship with Veracchio and his workshop and continued the collaboration even after he had struck out on his own and created his own workshop.

Dear Reader, I hope you have enjoyed reading this article. I do highly recommend the Leonardo da Vinci biography from Walter Isaacson, so incredibly well-written, and informative.