Portrait of the scientist, artist, architect, and mathematician who created the Mona Lisa and envisioned flying machines--in the 16th century. Includes the story of his strange journals, which can only be read when held to a mirror, and his religious faith, which led to his great painting, Last Supper.
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In the year, 1503 Leonardo da Vinci returned to Florence and began a portrait that would become one of the most famous works of art of all time.
While Leonardo da Vinci is well-remembered for his paintings, it was perhaps his notebooks that have the greatest impact on the modern world.
Da Vinci kept a countless number of thoughts in his notebooks, which spanned subjects such as architecture, the sciences, engineering and weaponry but very little regarding his personal life.
Leonardo da Vinci turned what was intended to be a modest wall decoration into a revolutionary artistic composition of The Last Supper.
Historians analyze the historical basis for the story of the Last Supper as depicted in Dan Brown’s novel, "The Da Vinci Code."
The full biography of Renaissance Master, Leonardo Da Vinci.
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