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The Man Who Wanted to Know Everything

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Documentary examining the life of Leonardo da Vinci, from his illegitimate birth to the unveiling of his masterpiece The Last Supper in 1497.

This film follows Leonardo da Vinci from his illegitimate birth to the unveiling of his masterpiece The Last Supper in Milan in 1497.

Learning his craft at the heart of the Renaissance movement in Florence, Leonardo survives arrest to win the patronage of the powerful tyrant Ludivico Sforza, Duke of Milan. While working for Sforza, he paints Madonna of the Rocks, works out why the sky is blue and becomes the first person to properly dissect a human body. He also becomes a practical engineer. The programme builds and tries out two designs from that period - an armoured war vehicle and a parachute.

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Tue 13 Dec 2011 23:50

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Credits

Role Contributor
Leonardo Mark Rylance
Salai Che Cartwright
Actor James Faulkner
Abbot Paul Brooke
Executive Producer Michael Mosley
Producer Sarah Aspinall
Producer Tim Dunn

Broadcasts

  • Sun 20 Apr 2003 19:00
  • Sun 15 Aug 2004 18:30
  • Sun 15 Aug 2004 19:00
  • Tue 13 Dec 2011 23:20
  • Tue 13 Dec 2011 23:30
  • Tue 13 Dec 2011 23:50