Da Vinci was one of the great creative minds of the Italian Renaissance, hugely influential as an artist and sculptor but also immensely talented as an engin...

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Comment by Ganapathy Subramaniam (GS) on March 27, 2012 at 5:30am

Prosenjit, yes a lot of interesting information. I loved the studio set!

But I had to pass the dissection..don't have the stomach! glad you could watch and comment :) 

Comment by Prosenjit Roy on March 25, 2012 at 2:19am

GS, thank you so much for putting this up. I watched the entire 10 part series, and it was revelatory in many ways. I was amused to learn that even the great Leonardo (according to the docu, of course) may have suffered pangs of jealousy against Michelengelo - who was like 25 years junior to him. And how Verrocchio, under whom Leonardo had apprenticed in his youth, is said to have given up painting once he realized that his pupil had surpassed him in skill!

But among the most breathtaking parts of the docu was when he discovers, while dissecting corpses of the old and the very young, and comparing their hearts (esp the great vessels connected to the organ) that the cause of death in the old may have been atherosclerotic plaques! That alone shows that he was so much more than a painter. His drawing skills enabled him to visualize his thoughts, which emphasizes the importance of basic drawing in all human endeavor. Thank you!

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