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Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci | Walter Isaacson
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He was historys most creative genius. What secrets can he teach us? The author of the acclaimed bestsellers Steve Jobs, Einstein, and Benjamin Franklin brings Leonardo da Vinci to life in this exciting new biography. Based on thousands of pages from Leonardos astonishing notebooks and new discoveries about his life and work, Walter Isaacson weaves a narrative that connects his art to his science. He shows how Leonardos genius was based on skills we can improve in ourselves, such as passionate curiosity, careful observation, and an imagination so playful that it flirted with fantasy. He produced the two most famous paintings in history, The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. But in his own mind, he was just as much a man of science and technology. With a passion that sometimes became obsessive, he pursued innovative studies of anatomy, fossils, birds, the heart, flying machines, botany, geology, and weaponry. His ability to stand at the crossroads of the humanities and the sciences, made iconic by his drawing of Vitruvian Man, made him historys most creative genius. His creativity, like that of other great innovators, came from having wide-ranging passions. He peeled flesh off the faces of cadavers, drew the muscles that move the lips, and then painted historys most memorable smile. He explored the math of optics, showed how light rays strike the cornea, and produced illusions of changing perspectives in The Last Supper. Isaacson also describes how Leonardos lifelong enthusiasm for staging theatrical productions informed his paintings and inventions. Leonardos delight at combining diverse passions remains the ultimate recipe for creativity. So, too, does his ease at being a bit of a misfit: illegitimate, gay, vegetarian, left-handed, easily distracted, and at times heretical. His life should remind us of the importance of instilling, both in ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question itto be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.
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MarkoPDX
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To celebrate paying off my vehicle early, I bought this book (Leonardo da Vinci), a history on the Pacific Northwest, and Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith. Oh, and a brownie a la mode.

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Sha0102
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Sunzai
Leonardo da Vinci | Walter Isaacson

The man who was more than the sum total of his talents

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MrBook
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Image 11/~15 of shots of #NYC‘s Amazon bookstore.

This isn‘t a display, this is a regular bookcase area. All their books are face out. I like it better that way, but it does take up more shelf area making for less available titles.

If you can make them out, lol, have you read any of these?

Clwojick Hunger, Talking As Fast As I Can, and I started Maid, but I‘m only a chapter or so into it. 6mo
LiteraryinLititz What an interesting concept to have the books face out! Super inefficient but cool! 6mo
Elizabeth2 It sort of looks like a kindle screen, with all of the books lit that way on black shelves. 6mo
Zelma Reminds me of an airport bookstore. Which is not a criticism; I like browsing the airport. 6mo
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colemaurer
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Walter Isaacson does a fantastic job of making his subjects human and relatable, however he takes quite a while to do so. This book is very interesting and I would recommend it to a friend, but be prepared to spend some time getting through it.

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MattKF18
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Great portrait of a creative genius. The power of curiosity.

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batsy
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Teeny tiny #bookhaul. I've been eyeing the da Vinci bio but was waiting for the more affordable paperback version. After I saw @Simona list it among her most loved reads of the year, I *had* to have it 😆 Walked into a bookshop & it was on sale, on top of the members' discount! The universe was urging me to buy it!

The Song of Achilles has been on my TBR forever; thanks to #NewYearWhoDis I will read it this month 😅

Cathythoughts Nice books ! Enjoy X 9mo
batsy @Cathythoughts Thanks 😘 I really hope I read them sooner rather than later 😂 9mo
Amiable My FIL gave me his hardcover copy of "DaVinci" after he read it --the thing weighs a ton!! I would have waited to get it in paperback or e-book. But hey--a free book is a free book, am I right? ? 9mo
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LauraBeth Love the cover for Achilles! 9mo
laurenbescoby I loved Circe so I really want to read Song of Achilles. Determined to clear some of my current shelves tbr first though. 9mo
Abailliekaras Stacked! 9mo
Crazeedi I want to read da Vinci, and I have other book on my shelf! 9mo
saresmoore And you got the best cover of Achilles! 9mo
batsy @Amiable Haha, yes indeed! The hardback is a beauty but it's not quite so portable 😆 9mo
batsy @LauraBeth @saresmoore These editions are lovely and feel good, too 😆 #bookfeel 9mo
batsy @laurenbescoby Both of her books get a lot of Litsy love ❤️ 9mo
batsy @TrishB ❤️ 9mo
Lindy @saresmoore @LauraBeth I agree about that cover. I think it suits the story better than the one with the helmet. 9mo
RealLifeReading You were meant to buy it! 9mo
batsy @RealLifeReading I like how you think 😆 9mo
GingerAntics I started the ebook version of Da Vinci last spring. I had to stop because every other chapter was missing pages at the end. The book has since updated a dozen times or more, so I‘m hoping that situation is now rectified and I can read it this spring. 9mo
batsy @GingerAntics Oof, I hope so too! That is so irritating. 9mo
readordierachel Yay! Books from the universe are the best 😃 9mo
Simona Enjoy in the reading😘 9mo
batsy @readordierachel Indeed 😆 9mo
batsy @Simona Thank you 😘 9mo
Centique Oh wow - what a score! I‘m so excited you‘re reading Song of Achilles too 😍😍 9mo
batsy @Centique I'm looking forward to it very much! ❤️ 9mo
rohit-sawant Oo, love these! Looking forward to both! 9mo
batsy @rohit-sawant So much book anticipation with these ones! 😍 9mo
Suet624 I want to see all of your bookshelves. You must have SO many books. 9mo
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Sha0102
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The best gift ever: Books! 📚🎄 #christmas

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Simona
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Extremely well researched biography which covers all spheres of his creative life. Main source are Leonardo‘s notebooks from which is evident his necessity for understanding the World - nature and people. Even if you aren‘t interested in art, I highly recommend this book. It‘s a very interesting look into his life and his driving force - knowledge.

tpixie Are there many pictures? Would audio work? 13mo
Simona @tpixie Yes, quite a lot. In the book are his most famous paintings, which the author compares to each other to emphasize his development and to draws attention to the things like perspective, shading, use of colors ... and for this reasons, I think, that the traditional book would be better. There are also many drawings and sketches from his notebook, and I probably wouldn‘t know what the author was saying, if I didn‘t saw them. Maybe with...👇 13mo
Simona @tpixie ... the google search, but my advice would be - ‘real‘ book.😘 13mo
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batsy I've had my eye on this. Must be really fascinating ❤️ 13mo
tpixie Sounds like great advice. I suspected it might be a visual book, considering the subject. Thanks! 13mo
Simona @tpixie My pleasure 😌 13mo
Simona @batsy He is fascinating as a person and as a thinker/artist. It‘s very readable book despite length. 13mo
tpixie @Simona thx!! He just seems fascinating! 13mo
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Simona
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I was 👁👁 this book for long time, and today when I saw Slovenian translation ... I just gave up ...

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britt_brooke
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“Leonardo‘s relentless curiosity and experimentation should remind us of the importance of instilling, in both ourselves and our children, not just received knowledge but a willingness to question it — to be imaginative and, like talented misfits and rebels in any era, to think different.”

Painter, sculptor, inventor, mathematician, engineer, scientist, philosopher. A true Renaissance Man. One of the highlights of my life was seeing Mona Lisa. ⬇️

britt_brooke NOTE: The audio narration was good, but print is probably the way to go. There are A LOT of figure references. (edited) 1y
britt_brooke Super interesting read @vivastory - I‘ll be curious to see how it translates to film. 1y
vivastory I think it has a lot of potential. I'm definitely adding this to the top of my nonfiction TBR. I feel like I don't know nearly as much about him as I should. 1y
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vivastory I'm curious to hear your thoughts on this. It seems like I read somewhere a planned adaptation of this starring DiCaprio. 1y
britt_brooke @vivastory It‘s a little dry, but good. Da Vinci was so fascinating. I hadn‘t heard that about DiCaprio, but after a quick google, I found a few articles. That‘s exciting! Seems appropriate given that‘s his namesake. 1y
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wallacereads
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My husband‘s bedside TBR stack is a bit more sparse than mine. 😬

WhatThePuck I wish my husband had a stack. Hahaha. 1y
CareBear ☝️what @WhatThePuck said lol 1y
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Markblum
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This was a thorough review of Leonardo‘s thoughts, time and works

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Tjackson
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Started reading this book in January and read 10% of 700+ pages, but today I arrived in Milan and went to this statue dedicated to Da Vinci and Sforza Castle. I am sure I will pick this book up when I get ho@e to finish before summer is over.

LMJenkins I have an autographed copy of this but haven‘t read it yet. 1y
Richryan52 I love Leonardo. He plays a major role in my book, The Vatican Cameos 1y
Tjackson @LMJenkins Lovely!!! It is so much book with a lot t of detail!!! 1y
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Tjackson @Richryan52 I will add this one to my list!!! 1y
Richryan52 I do hope you enjoy it. It‘s half Sherlock Holmes and half Michelangelo but Leonardo plays a key role 1y
Tjackson @Richryan52 sounds great! Thanks 1y
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thebluestocking
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Today‘s #libraryloot. I don‘t often read 600+ pages of dense biography, but the book design on the tagged book is stunning, and the writing I sampled was so fluid. #libraryhaul

merelybookish My son and I just read Sam and Dave Dig a Hole last night. Love Barnett and Klassen books! 💚💚 1y
thebluestocking @merelybookish Me too! Barnett and Klassen make the best team! 1y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #RedLobster Edition! (Love gift cards 😁!) Accompaniment this cold, drizzly, gray evening: New England clam chowder (not pictured because I ate it 😄), jumbo shrimp cocktail, scrumptious cheddar biscuits, and mango iced tea. MMMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 🍤

Bostonmomx2 Ummmm are you at Red Lobster???? 2y
SassyBookworm YUM!!! I am super jealous!!! 😋 2y
corycatelyn Red lobster is my favorite! 2y
RadicalReader @BookBabe cheddar biscuits are THE BEST 2y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #RedLobster Edition! (Love gift cards 😆!) Accompaniment this cold, drizzly, gray evening: crab legs, lobster tail, shrimp scampi, fried shrimp, rice pilaf, garlic mashed potatoes, cheddar biscuits, and peach iced tea. MMMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

Also, this is our pre-Ready Player One meal, by the way. We'll let you know what we think 😁, @Rachel.Rencher & @Lucas.Rencher liked it!

Rachel.Rencher Hope you love it!! 😁😁 2y
wanderinglynn Have a great time! 😀 2y
SassyBookworm Ohhh that looks amazingly delicious!!! Hope y‘all enjoy Ready Player One!!! I watched it twice! Once in IMAX 3D & once regular! 2y
Booknerd2 Used to work there. Hope you enjoyed your Ultimate Feast. 😂🤣 2y
TricksyTails Yum! 😋🍤 2y
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BookBabe
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#BookNBrunch! Grabbing a bite before @MrBook ‘s library shift 😁. (Audiobook today). A warming meal on this cold and drizzly morn: chorizo, egg, cheddar, and arugula, on a fresh roll, and a delicious Stumptown coffee. MMMMmmm 😋! This is a mouthful of Heaven. Happy reads & happy eats! 🍳☕️

Buddys_Momma That looks so yummy 😋 2y
Christine11 Looks delicious! 2y
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MrBook
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#BookNBrunch! Grabbing a bite before my Sunday shift 😁. (Audiobook today). Accompaniment this cold and drizzly morn: chorizo, egg, cheddar, and arugula, on a roll, and Earl Grey tea. MMMMmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

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Angeles
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Although Walter Isaac is great at describing the amazing creativity and genius of Leonardo, he shows no balance on the negative side of the genius. I can not judge on the art or engineering but for example Leonardo buys this poor kid he call Salai and Leonardo sleeps with Salai when the child reaches adolescence. this is portrayed in the book as Kind if okay or at least as a non issue. Leonardo was a genius but not a saint.

GingerAntics First, he didn‘t buy him. Leonardo never owned slaves. Leonardo was Salai‘s teacher. Second, 15 was adulthood back then. The concept of teenagers is only from the last 100 years or so. By 15th century standards, and even 19th century standards, Salai was old enough to consent. 6mo
Angeles I have to disagree. He might not have bought the kid for life but it was temporary slavery. The boy could not leave his Master until certain amount of time had passed and he didn't decide to go with Leonardo, he was "given" to Leonardo. About consent, there is a difference between what is legal and what is morally right. Also homosexuality was a crime at the time so Leonardo was promoting criminal behavior of a youth 6mo
Angeles Sorry about the long answer. I still think Leonardo was an unbelievable genius 6mo
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! Lay-over until my #OmnivorousBookClub meeting this evening 😁. #NationalGrilledCheeseDay Edition! Accompaniment this warm and bright evening: cheddar & provolone grilled cheese sandwich with bacon, fries, and unsweetened iced tea. MMMmmmm 😋! Happy reads & happy eats! 😎👌🏻

BookBabe 😁🙌🏻😋 2y
Velvetfur Nommm! Reminds me of that funny pic - "there's too much cheese on that" said no one ever ? 2y
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BookBabe
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#BookNDinner! #TexasRoadhouse Edition! (The book's an audiobook, which we're both thoroughly enjoying. ????) Early dinner since we're going to see the 40th Anniversary screening of "Grease" in a bit. ??????? Half rack of ribs, loaded baked potato , salad & fried pickles (not pictured), fresh baked rolls. MMMmm ?! Happy reads & happy eats!

Chocamanda Fried pickles are the BEST! Have fun at the Grease screening! 2y
CouronneDhiver Yummy! 2y
Craftylikefox 🤤 oh that food! 2y
minkyb The rolls‼️ 2y
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MrBook
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#BookNDinner! #TexasRoadhouse Edition! (The book's an audiobook, which we're both thoroughly enjoying. ????) Early dinner since we're going to see the 40th Anniversary screening of "Grease" in a bit. Annyway, accompaniment this chilly, sunny evening: a 12 oz. NY strip steak, loaded baked potato (but no sour cream--MrBook doesn't do sour cream, lol), salad (not pictured), rolls, and raspberry iced tea! MMMmm ?! Happy reads & happy eats! ???

Craftylikefox 🤤 that food! 2y
readinginthedark My kind of potato! 👏🏻 2y
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Romanas
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My new companion instead of going out to stormy Washington DC.

RaimeyGallant How was it? And a belated welcome to Litsy! #LitsyWelcomeWagon Some of us put together Litsy tips to help new Littens navigate the site. It's the link in my bio on my page in case you need it. Or if you prefer how-to videos, @chelleo put some together at the link in her bio. @LitsyWelcomeWagon 1y
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Angeles
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Got to love New England! Listening to the new Leonardo biography and watching snow pile up on my deck. What could be better?😄

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susanw
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Spoiler...Leonardo da Vinci? Genius. Truly a genius. And the research that went into this, just wow. #nonfiction

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This book, like many of Leonardo‘s works, is an absolute masterpiece. Also, Alfred Molina is a wonderful audiobook narrator.

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1. Gibson‘s bookstore in Concord.
2. 5‘2”
3. 13 years in NH, 9 in our house.
4. Tagged book and The Grey King by Susan Cooper.
5. Here I am in my comfy chair and my comfy fleece after a long, social day at work.

#friyayintro

Suet624 Why hello there!! 2y
NHLibrarian @Suet624 Hi! 😊 2y
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Thatpartyhat
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The currently reading pile is always out of hand.

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Jennie748
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I waited four hours after the Girl Scout cookies invaded my house to open a package. I think that shows incredible self-control, don‘t you?!

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This book is wonderful! It came out last fall and includes scholastic Investigation that is new within the last few years. The pictures accompanying the discussion are extraordinary. I particularly enjoyed the time spent on his medical and anatomical curiosity- he was quite literally centuries ahead in his understanding of how the heart functions. I highly recommend this book!

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CMCurtis77
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Just finished this book. At times a bit dry and slow moving but overall an awesome book!! Filed with stories and pictures of Leonardo‘s life... definitely worth the read to discover more about his life. My fiancé and I visited his grave site last fall but did not have time to take in his home there. Another trip there is definitely in the works.

Ericalambbrown I just finished this tonight. It was so good! 2y
DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy!! 🎉📚👍😀Hope you are enjoying it here! 2y
CMCurtis77 Loving it here so far!!!! 2y
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MamaGina
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I love reading about the personal lives of artists as well as their artistic development and influences. I've studied Leonardo da Vinci as far as his professional endeavors but know little of his life and I'm finding this biography fascinating. Using the Taschen volume containing all da Vinci's works helps me better see the details Isaacson explores and I'm glad both books are laid out chronologically making them perfect study partners🤓

MamaGina By the way, the Taschen book is also great because I picked it up cheap at a Half-Price Books! (edited) 2y
DivineDiana Wonderful idea! I plan to read Leonardo with a Book Club. 2y
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BestDogDad
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I finished this book with hours to spare in 2017 and it may just be the best book I read this year. I bought the hard cover book and I'm glad I did. This is just a beautiful book, with 144 images of Leonardo's paintings and drawings all on high quality paper. The writing is just fantastic; it doesn't read like your typical history book. Ten stars out of five.

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BestDogDad
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Great summary!

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BestDogDad
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Yet another brilliant conclusion.

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BestDogDad
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Why I would recommend the paper version of this book: in depth analysis of Leonardo‘s paintings with the paintings included, on high quality paper. Here are his two versions of Virgin of the Rocks.

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BestDogDad
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I love,love, love this guy!

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Anatomy: another field Leonardo was centuries ahead of the game.