Decoding da Vinci

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  • How could an obsessive scientist, engineer and biologist create the “Mona Lisa”—perhaps the most famous painting of all time? How did Leonardo da Vinci dream up complex inventions—robots, machines, armored tanks, hang gliders, parachutes—centuries before anyone else? Travel first to Italy, where experts investigate the secrets of Leonardo’s painting success, such as dissecting more than 30 cadavers to master the muscular and skeletal integrity of his subjects. Then descend to the basement of the Louvre, where scientists and art restoration experts digitally peel back the layers of da Vinci’s works. You’ll marvel at the way science and art intersect at the heart of his genius. 1 hour on 1 disc. SDH

    • Cast & Crew: Director: Doug Hamilton
      Narrator: Jay O. Sanders
      Producer: Doug Hamilton
      Writer: Doug Hamilton
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Region: 1
    • Run Time: 1 hour
    • SDH: Yes
    • SKU: 22413

  • Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man, accomplished in engineering, fine art, and biology, among other disciplines. Today, his centuries-old "inventions" seem to predict our modern age: contraptions similar to parachutes, army tanks, hang gliders, and robots fill his notebooks. But the man and the techniques behind masterpieces like "Mona Lisa" remain a mystery. On the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death, NOVA goes to Italy to explore his life and work. Then, in the basement of the Louvre, scientists and art restoration experts deploy cutting-edge technology to (digitally) peel back the layers of da Vinci's works. Ultimately, they'll reveal the impact of his science on his art and his art on his science.

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    • Cast & Crew: Director: Doug Hamilton
      Narrator: Jay O. Sanders
      Producer: Doug Hamilton
      Writer: Doug Hamilton
    • Format: DVD
    • Number of Discs: 1
    • Region: 1
    • Run Time: 1 hour
    • SDH: Yes
    • SKU: 22413
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    Leonardo da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance man, accomplished in engineering, fine art, and biology, among other disciplines. Today, his centuries-old "inventions" seem to predict our modern age: contraptions similar to parachutes, army tanks, hang gliders, and robots fill his notebooks. But the man and the techniques behind masterpieces like "Mona Lisa" remain a mystery. On the 500th anniversary of da Vinci's death, NOVA goes to Italy to explore his life and work. Then, in the basement of the Louvre, scientists and art restoration experts deploy cutting-edge technology to (digitally) peel back the layers of da Vinci's works. Ultimately, they'll reveal the impact of his science on his art and his art on his science.