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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mind of the Renaissance

by Films Media Group.;

  eVideo

Good visuals; vague, undated facts and quotes   (2013-03-16)

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by nneshybanara

As far as Leonardo documentaries go, this one certainly has some of the best visuals. Quality scans of Leonardo's drawings and colorful live-action interpretations of the 15th century world he lived in are wonderfully melded together. I particularly liked the way the narration fit in with the images provided.

 

However, it was often hard to tell whether the narration was from Leonardo's own notes or from some other source. The documentary would benefit immensely from more captions. Captions that detail the quote's author, the time of the quote, and maybe the context of it are greatly appreciated. Nothing like that is provided here.

 

Along the same lines, there really were very few dates for anything. I was fooled into thinking at the beginning that this documentary would have a rich, structured, and evident chronology, because one of the first facts stated is that Leonardo was born at "3 in the morning on the 15th of April, a Saturday." Unfortunately, such precision hardly ever occurs again, and vague dates are only captioned every once in a while. While I understand the difficulty in finding the full chronology of Leonardo's life, I have seen better structure in other documentaries and books. This one sort of had an air of just floating around his life without much attention to the personal or historical context of each decade of his life. The floating, vague, dreamlike quality of this documentary makes it better suited for the background of some museum exhibit than a meaningful, in-depth study.

 

That being said, I truly did appreciate the relaxing, artistically rendered scenes. This video was clearly shaped by an artist, and was quite a pleasure to watch.




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