Sunday, October 28, 2012

[Book Review] Menjadi Jenius seperti Leonardo da Vinci (How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci)

Title : Menjadi Jenius seperti Leonardo da Vinci : Menggunakan Tujuh Prinsip Da Vinci untuk Meningkatkan Kreativitas dan Menyeimbangkan Tubuh dan Pikiran
Original title : How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci : Seven Steps to Genius Every Day
Author: Michael J. Gelb
Indonesian translator : T. Hermaya
Pages : 344 halaman
Published time : 2001
Publisher : Gramedia Pustaka Utama

I just know Leonardo da Vinci as a painter. His popular painting is Mona Lisa. Some years ago I read a biography comic about him but I didn’t concern about him.

One day, I read that Koo Hye Sun idolizes da Vinci. She said she got encourage after reading a book called How to Think like Leonardo da Vinci. That made me so curious, how a book could inspire someone to be brave to improve herself. So, I tried to find that book. This book was published in Indonesia in 2001. so sad, it’s not sold at bookstores anymore. But I was lucky to find it at library near my home.

Leonardo da Vinci is known as one of the most intelligent people. He was not only give us heritage of his paintings but also his notes about research in anatomy and other fields.

This book focused on method and implementation about how to think like da Vinci in order to improve creativity and self potential. The method and implementation are called as 7 principles of da Vinci :
  1. CURIOSITA. Grow curiosity and attempt to learn continuously. Da Vinci had curiosity since he was very young. He always had many questions of everything.
  2. DIMOSTRAZIONE. Don’t give up about mistakes, failures, and disappointment. All of them make us learn to be successful. Da Vinci got failures and did mistakes in some of his science researches but he never gave up. He never stopped learning, exploring, and trying.
  3. SENSAZIONE. Use five senses and increase their sensitivity. Da Vinci spent his childhood to observe and enjoy the beauty of nature in Tuscany then his teacher, Verrochio made him grew his great sight. He also had sensitivity with his other senses. He could play some music instruments. He tried to wear best clothes and enjoyed the softness of his clothes. His work room was filled by perfume and flowers smell. He also created concept of healthy food.
  4. SFUMATO. Prepare ourselves to accept uncertainty and ambiguity. Da Vinci hugged the uncertainty and ambiguity and balanced ‘tension of opposites’. That topic appeared in his works. For example, in painting Virgin on the Rocks, he painted a peaceful group consists of mother, children, and angel, with confused background look like the end of the world.
  5. ARTE/SCIENZA. Balance of using brain (logic and imagination), balance of science and art. Think whole-brain. Da Vinci was a scientist who studied art and he was an artist who studied science. To him, science and art can’t be separated. For example, to draw a good human, we must know anatomy.
  6. CORPORALITA. Keep health and good body attitude. Da Vinci had athletic body. He liked sports. According to him, we have responsibility to keep our health.
  7. CONNESSIONE. Think systematically. Realize there is relation among everything. Some experts said da Vinci wrote his notes untidily. He moved from one topic to another topic and repeated his saying. Some people had opinion that it’s showed da Vinci saw the relation among everything so that he didn’t need organize his notes by categories.

This book is more interesting with illustrations and paintings by da Vinci. They are so amazing. There is also tutorial how to draw for beginners.

This book is great. So sad, it’s not re-printed again in my country. Hope it can be re-printed so that more people can read.

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