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Leonardo da Vinci (BBC documentary)

Leonardo da Vinci is a three-part BBC documentary series telling the life story of Leonardo da Vinci who was not only a great artist, but also a great inventor, engineer and anatomist. The series reconstructs Leonardo da Vinci's life from early childhood to death highlighting his work as an inventor, engineer, geologist and anatomist as well as an artist. Using Leonardo da Vinci's original writings and expert analysis, the series builds and tests some of his designs such as a parachute, tank, diving suit, glider and robot. And also in the third episode the series investigates Leonardo da Vinci's greatest masterpiece - the Mona Lisa.

Episode 1 - The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything
This episode examines the first half of Leonardo da Vinci's life, from his birth near Florence to his famous achievements in the great cities of the Italian Renaissance.

Episode 2 - Dangerous Liaisons
This episode looks at the second half of Leonardo da Vinci's life, especially his life in Venice. Leonardo da Vinci experiments with his inventions - a diving suit and glider.

Episode 3 - The Secret Life of the Mona Lisa
Centred around Leonardo da Vinci's greatest masterpiece - the Mona Lisa. How and why has it become so famous? This episode investigates the identity of the elusive woman.


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e-Books
Leonardo da Vinci
Author: Maurice Walter Brochwel, 1869-1958. Subject: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. Publisher: T.C. & E.C. Jack, London. Language: English. Book contributor: University of California Libraries.
Leonardo da Vinci, artist, thinker and man of science (Volume 1)
Author: Eugene Muntz, 1845-1902. Subject: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. Publisher: W. Heinemann, London; C. Scribner's sons, New York. Language: English. Book contributor: University of California Libraries.
Leonardo da Vinci, artist, thinker and man of science (Volume 2)
Author: Eugene Muntz, 1845-1902. Subject: Leonardo da Vinci, 1452-1519. Publisher: W. Heinemann, London; C. Scribner's sons, New York. Language: English. Book contributor: University of California Libraries.