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Da Vinci and the Code He Lived By (History Channel)
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There are dramatic recreations at various points in Da Vinci's life. Personally, I could take or leave them, and I found the heavy modern Italian accents on the English used a bit patronizing. Regardless, one gathers that the History Channel felt they were necessary to maintain viewer interest.
Frustratingly, I have long believed the popular myth that Da Vinci was a man hundreds of years ahead of his time as a scientist and inventor - part of the modern cult of Da Vinci. While this documentary certainly does show him to be a brilliant artist and competent engineer, it goes far to set the record straight, perhaps unintentionally, that the man was no savant in the area of so-called ground-breaking inventions. His "inventions" were, for the most part, already extant in some form or another. Da Vinci's contribution seemed largely to make the item bigger. Much, much bigger.Read more ›
I usually hate, hate, hate cheesy historical reenactments. This work is made entirely of reenactments, but they are not bothersome. There are more actors than usual. They were ornate clothing. When giving their lines, they speak Italian (though a boy Leonardo says "Mother" when I am so sure that's not how "mother" is said in Italian). It was more gory than what is usually portrayed in this cable channel's productions. Truthfully, it would have been boring just to see Renaissance paintings and the narrator mentions that no one knows for sure what Da Vinci looked like.
Too many people assume that artists are separate from the world and don't care about the power struggles taking place outside their windows. I applaud this work for contextualizing the times in which Da Vinci lived. History buffs may appreciate this work just as much as art or invention fans.
This work is de-gayed in a cowardly manner. The narrator says, "Da Vinci was accused of sodomy, but acquitted." Homophobic viewers could misconstrue this to mean that Da Vinci didn't love other males. The work never points out that Da Vinci never had girlfriends, wives, or children. Later, the narrator calls Salai and Melzi "assistants," rather than "lovers" or at least eremenos. Notable Names Database and Wikipedia clearly indicate that these males were Da Vinci's lovers.Read more ›
The City States & families would hire, and sponsored these brilliant men of minds.
These great Men like Da Vinci, that came from meager beginning, would Create Develop & Produced
1) Architectural wonders.
2) Machines to help with labor intensive work.
3) Works of Art.
4) Weapons to fight the wars of city states
This is known to be the birth Place of Modern Man & World
every level of your craft. It shows how Da Vinci got real deep
in the mastery of his craft and art. It reminds me of the book
Mastery by Robert Greene Mastery
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The condition of the disc and case was fine. The price was reasonable. I couldn't really expect more than that.Published on January 29, 2014 by Lindsay Katalik
Went to Florence saw the Da Vinci exhibit and played with his models. The man was a visionary besides being a great artist. WE love the video it explains things so well.Published on June 19, 2013 by Shirley Schmidt
I watched part of it on the History Channel and wanted to see all of it. Since then I have watched it several times.Published on May 10, 2013 by M.Seastead Gaines
We saw this program on the History Channel and thought it was so good that we were happy to see it was available on dvd and bought it.Published on May 2, 2013 by C. Meyer