Incarnate Hero

From The Debt to Pleasure by John Lanchester (1996), where the protagonist is highly cultured and opinionated in that regard, throughout. In this case, discussing dimensions of the River Loire:

…not to forget the high skies and broad horizons of its central flood plain, home from 1516 to 1519 (the last three years of his life) to Leonardo da Vinci, he of the unrealizable designs and inventions and great paintings painted on unstabilized and therefore rapidly deteriorating surfaces, incarnate hero of the principle of incompletion, of failure through excessive talent, and of genius which excels in so many media that it fails to leave a lasting memorial in any specific one (the implied underrating of that smugly smirking overdressed chambermaid in the Louvre is fully deliberate)…

What is that smile


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