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Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
(April 15, 1452 – May 2, 1519),

- was an Italian polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, botanist and writer. Leonardo has often been described as the archetype of the Renaissance man, a man whose unquenchable curiosity was equaled only by his powers of invention. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and perhaps the most diversely talented person ever to have lived. According to art historian Helen Gardner, the scope and depth of his interests were without precedent and "his mind and personality seem to us superhuman, the man himself mysterious and remote". Marco Rosci points out, however, that while there is much speculation about Leonardo, his vision of the world is essentially logical rather than mysterious, and that the empirical methods he employed were unusual for his time.

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"Leonardo Da Vinci" (2004)

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"The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything" (Parts 1-6)

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"Dangerous Liaisons" (Parts 7-12)

Episode 3:
"The Secret Life of the Mona Lisa" (Parts 13-18)

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Runtime: 02:39:36

This is the story of one of the greatest minds in human history. A scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, painter, sculptor, architect, botanist, musician and writer, Leonardo Da Vinci (1452--1519) was a polymath and arguably the main figure of the Renaissance. He set out to learn all there is to know, conceived new ideas and inventions that changed the world, and created artistic works of astonishing elegance and beauty, including the most famous painting in history, the Mona Lisa.

Produced by the BBC, "Leonardo Da Vinci" (2004) is a portrait of a genius of extraordinary diversity. The three-episode docudrama reconstructs the life of Leonardo from early childhood to death. Religious attention to detail along with masterful acting and brilliant costume bring Leonardo to life in a way never seen before. The atmosphere and scenery of his time are given a beating heart, conveying a believable feeling of a society rising from the middle ages.

Each episode of this captivating series is infused with brilliant academic commentary and includes the building and testing of some of Leonardo's inventions. Among these reconstructions are his tank, hang glider, underwater suit, and parachute. Did these amazing concepts, way ahead of their time, work as Leonardo intended?

This is a documentary of the kind the BBC (and British TV in general) is rightly praised.


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A few drawings done by Leonardo da Vinci


Bitruve Luc Viatour


flying machine


studies of embryos