The Easel

More than Mona Lisa: Louvre’s Leonardo da Vinci is a blockbuster with brains

This is “the great Leonardo show of our time”. Leonardo didn’t dabble – he was “striving for the most perfect form of painting”. Says one critic, he “erased the distinctions between art and ideas … the original conceptual artist”. More than a painter, Leonardo was a polymath, who could imagine distant futures. His workbooks have this writer “inwardly whooping with delight. You go, Leonardo!” An illuminating discussion of eight works is here.