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Mystery Files: Leonardo Da Vinci


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Kit
- 519 days ago - smithsonianchannel.com
A short biography of Leonardo Da Vinci and some questions about his life. Curiosity or genius?



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Tamara Noforwardsplz (185)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:06 am
Fascinating story. I did not watch it all but I have it bookmarked to finish later after my housework and creative writing class today. Thanks Kit.
 

JL A. (276)
Friday July 26, 2013, 7:56 am
I, too, am saving--I have always been in awe of his grasp of science, from more than one field, beyond what was considered factual in his day in a way many called prescient.
 

Kit B. (276)
Friday July 26, 2013, 8:14 am

You might just be surprised by what the video has to say.
 

Michael Kirkby (86)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:37 am
Sorry, it refuses to play.
 

Arielle S. (317)
Friday July 26, 2013, 10:55 am
Worth watching just for the architecture - so beautiful! As for DaVinci....maybe he's not quite as amazing as we thought, but he was still amazing. Obviously, he had the best press secretary....and I continue to think he was incredible.
 

Past Member (0)
Friday July 26, 2013, 12:03 pm
This will not play in the UK:-((((.
 

Malgorzata Zmuda (184)
Friday July 26, 2013, 12:57 pm
nie da się obejrzeć, wyskakuje błąd
 

Ken L. (74)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:04 pm
Not Available in here in Gib.
 

Madhu Pillai (22)
Friday July 26, 2013, 1:09 pm
Will not play, what a shame!
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:52 pm
Leonardo is still the ideal Renaissance man, even if Not all his inventions or ideas are unique to him. He was smart enough to study many different inventors, mathematicians, engineers, etc. Originality is great, but inspiration is the main gift DaVinci saved & gave to us in his notebooks, paintings, etc. So the definition of a Renaissance man IS still DaVinci!:)
The fact that he could read, write, & draw, gain patrons & friendships with learned, wealthy people, yet be the son of an unwed mother in the late 1400's iis amazing & certainly unusual.
 

Yvonne White (233)
Friday July 26, 2013, 2:59 pm
His artistic brilliance - his way of painting that has finally been Explained, but NOT reproduced, is his Unique contribution to the culture. But his breadth & depth of understanding of SO many different subjects & arts is staggering!:)
 

Mary Donnelly (47)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:01 pm
Not available here either Kit.

 

Kit B. (276)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:04 pm

I'm sorry that folks outside of the US can not watch. I didn't realize that before.
 

Jennifer C. (169)
Friday July 26, 2013, 4:21 pm
Thanks.
 

Debra Tate (17)
Friday July 26, 2013, 9:13 pm
Noted!
 

Colleen L. (2)
Friday July 26, 2013, 11:31 pm
Fascinating story. Thanks Kit
 

M Away M. (463)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:36 am
Guess I have to get closer to the wireless connection, won't play for me, will save Kit! Have a "perfect" weekend! xo
 

Inge Bjorkman (147)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:38 am
Only for you, over there.

Love
 

Dimitris Dallis (9)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:10 am
"this video is not available to the users of your location"
Thank you Smithsonians. Now I know what kind of institution you are...
 

Dimitris Dallis (9)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:11 am
And Da Vinci was surely a genius...
 

Jonathan Harper (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:42 am
interesting
 

Lona Goudswaard (78)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:00 am
Sorry I couldn't view it, is restricted to US only, I bekieve.
 

Marija Mohoric (47)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 8:25 am
yes, Inge, you are right!
 

Natasha Salgado (579)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:50 am
He was one of the 1st known Vegetarians too! And as an animal lover---he used to buy birds and other animals at markets only to release them back to freedom--4 me that says a lot! Pity I too couldn't get it...but thanks Kit 4 posting!
 

Mitchell D. (132)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 11:54 am
Could not access the site,but I read a detailed new biography of him, that came out either early tis year, or late last year. It paints a picture of him immersed in the context of his times...might be worth looking for.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:15 pm

I wouldn't mind knowing more about that biography Mitchell.
 

David F. (38)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 12:38 pm
Try this link if you can't see the film. I don't know if it is the same as posted here.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=igSWz-KsOqk
 

monka blanke (82)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:16 pm
"This video is not available in your location". To bad, but I keep thinking this guy was amazing.
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 1:24 pm

That might work David, thank for offering that alternate video. I can not open them on this end, but if others in different countries can, so much the better.

This video by Smithsonian Channel is part of a series called the Mystery Files. It does not detract from da Vinci, but looks at some of his work and tests some of his inventions.
 

James Maynard (68)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 2:17 pm
Yep, I get that "not available" nonsense a lot
down here in Mazatlan.
 

S J. (119)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:00 pm
I can't watch. Noted, thanks Kit.
 

Birgit W. (152)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:01 pm
Sorry, the video is not available for users in my location. Anyway, I think he was a very spiritual developed man, and was able to access information people usually don't get.
 

Past Member (0)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:27 pm
Another brilliant veg'n who had deeper insights and perceptions than most do even today! We should try to be more like such great men.
 

Barbara V. (51)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 4:54 pm
That man was the Bach of art. A true phenomenon.
 

marie c. (168)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:17 pm
Also in UK (sorry you are unable to watch this outside of USA)
Thanks Kit
 

Debra Tate (17)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 5:19 pm
Noted!
 

Kit B. (276)
Saturday July 27, 2013, 6:55 pm

The term vegan was not coined until 1944, I doubt we can call da Vinci a vegan.
 

june t. (66)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 12:52 am
couldn't watch it, but always find Leonardo interesting.
 

Robert K. (31)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 6:23 am
But he was gay. And worth a zillion anti gay crusaders.
 

Kit B. (276)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 8:05 am

Whether or not da Vinici was gay or a vegetarian is unknown. He has also been accused of pedophilia, but all of this is a modern look at morays of the day 500 years in the past. He was charged with sodomy but without witnesses the charges were dropped. He didn't marry and was not as compliant to church wishes as some would have demanded in his day. That does not mean he was an atheist either. He was as best we know, a brilliant artist, a bit of a dreamer (as artists tend to be) and self schooled on almost every topic of his day. He may have helped in planning and design of the castle or palace at Chambord, and he did die in France but evidence suggests not in the arms of King Francis.
 

Gene Jacobson (256)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:38 am
Those that can, do. Those that can't, rip those who can.

Does anyone, anywhere imagine that Einstein never had a lesson in mathematics before coming up with theory of relativity? Or that Stephen Hawking's brilliance just appeared out of nothing? Every great person in history learned from those who came before and then improved upon what they'd been taught. I didn't see anything in that video, which I enjoyed but for the carping professors, that lessened my admiration for Leonardo in the slightest. He was far ahead of his time and quite an amazing man, isn't it enough to say, well done, life well lived, Leonardo? Thank you? It is for me.
 

GGmaSheila D. (169)
Sunday July 28, 2013, 10:27 pm
Fascinating and amazing man, especially considering the time period. Nothing changed my opinion of his genius. Noted and Thank you so much for sharing.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday July 29, 2013, 5:51 am

Thanks GGma Sheila and I have seen this many times and still find nothing negative about da Vinci or I would not have shared.
 

Kathleen R. (138)
Monday July 29, 2013, 7:44 am
noted, plan to watch the video later
 

Esther Z. (96)
Monday July 29, 2013, 6:02 pm
Interesting video, though, just like Gene, it didn't change my view of Leonardo Da Vinci come il genio della renaissance! You can't blame a historical genius when historians get it wrong, and credit an iconic figure of his time for inventions that he himself did not declared as his original inventions! The video plainly shows how Da Vinci, through his drawings, was able to improve or perfect some of the inventions that are now being credited to others. Luca Pacioli may had given Da Vinci a solid mathematical foundation, just as Mariano Taccola and Francisco Di Giorgio may had given Da Vinci a solid foundation in engineer, which in turn may had given Da Vinci the ability and inspiration to draw the first workable diving suit. Heck, even Steve Jobs had his iconic inspiration by the name of Edwin H. Land, who was the founder of the Polaroid Photography. So, even after watching the video, I still say, Bravo Leonardo! To the historians and scholars, I say, "Errare e Umano" (yes, I left off half of the quote, since I'm not in a forgiving mood!)!
 

Melania Padilla (185)
Friday August 2, 2013, 10:39 am
Video not available ;(
 

Debbie Crowe (78)
Wednesday September 25, 2013, 10:48 am
Leonardo was still a very fascinating man! Thanks Kit.
 
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