In preparation for our trip to Italy in April, I’m reading Charles Nicholl’s Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind. It’s a readable, detailed biography of the mysterious figure that defines the Renaissance man. Much of Nicholl’s work is based on Leonardo’s own words and drawings as found in the many notebooks he left behind. Now scattered in museums and collections across the planet, they were da Vinci’s daily sketchpads and idea books. We have many of the notebooks, but some were stolen (and subsequently recovered). I’m looking forward to walking the streets of Florence where Leonardo, Michelangelo, Botticelli and so many other incredible people lived their lives. I’ll definitely post more about the trip!