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The Life of Leonardo da Vinci

The performers began the show by asking the audience if anyone knew who da Vinci was. Many audience members had heard of him but did not know exactly what his various accomplishments were. With music, colorful costumes, and eye-catching props, the performers took the audience on a journey exploring the artist's life.

The children were amused by the precocious, thumb-sucking baby da Vinci and admired his creative ingenuity as a young artist. Several audience members delighted in learning about da Vinci's more mischievous endeavors, such as perfecting the stinkball; or his clever 

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Spencer Collection Book of the Month: A Wotton Binding

Volume bound for Thomas Wotton (Detail)After I'd spent four Sunday evenings in January engrossed in the doings of the Earl of Grantham and his household on the PBS "Masterpiece Classic" series Downton Abbey, this month's choice for Spencer Collection Book of the Month was obvious: a book that lingered for more than three centuries in the company of barons and earls, before being exiled from their presence in exchange for cold, hard cash.

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Spencer Collection Book of the Month: Correspondence of St. Jerome

When I started blogging last May, I hoped to post frequently, but my "day job" of cataloging the books I'd like to write about kept getting in the way. This year, I made a New Year's resolution to blog more regularly. To get started, I thought I would pick a "Spencer Collection Book of the Month" at the beginning of each month and write a short post about it—just enough to share with my readers some of the things that make it special, because the Spencer 

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