The da vinci detective

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Arts, Science Documentary hosted by Thom Kikot and published by Channel 4 in 2009 - English narration

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The Da Vinci Detective is a two-part series detailing an intriguing quest on a real Da Vinci hunt. In the apparent never-ending ripple effect from Dan Brown's infamous tome, this television show works to show you there is authentic mystery left to investigate in the works of Leonardo da Vinci. Don't misunderstand me: I enjoyed The Da Vinci Code as a book and as a movie, but I know that much of it is wild speculation and a preposterous flight of fancy. This is reality. Dr. Maurizio Seracini is the only real person to appear in Dan Brown’s The Da Vinci Code. We follow the decades-long effort of Dr. Maurizio Seracini to find a lost work by the maestro, the Battle of Anghiari. It's a complicated tale to tell and it's this series' task to detail the drama. Everyone loves the works of Da Vinci, but in the entire world there are only 15 "paintings" in existence. For hundreds of years there have been rumours about a lost work, many described as perhaps Da Vinci's greatest and perhaps one of the greatest murals of all time. It's called the Battle of Anghiari, and it was meant to be a massive mural in the Hall of Five Hundred in Florence, Italy. It is known that it was partially completed, but for reasons unknown, the work was never finished and it disappeared. Because it's a mural, Dr. Seracini believes it could still be within the Hall of Five Hundred. Since the 1970s, Maurizio has worked both on and off commission from the city of Florence to use his engineering and scientific skills to find the mural. Along the way, during periods when he is not allowed to investigate inside the Hall, he does other investigatory work on other art. One such charge was to see if another Leonardo work, the Adoration of the Magi, would survive a restoration effort. In researching the Adoration, he uncovers a surprising revelation about the art, shattering what people know about it. And in doing so, it brings him full circle back to his quest to find the Battle of Anghiari. This show is quite enjoyable, from a historical quest/educational point-of-view. The idea that a lost work by Leonardo is hidden inside a wall is a tantalizing mystery. Compounded with what he discovers on the other Da Vinci art only heightens the magnificent possibilities of what historians truly know about art. The Da Vinci Detective is a fascinating slice of real history, without any embellishment.

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  • Video Codec: XviD
  • Video Bitrate: 1902 KB/s
  • Video Aspect Ratio: 1:76
  • Video Resolution: 704 x 400
  • Audio Codec: (Dolby AC3)
  • Audio BitRate: 192 KB/s 48000Hz
  • Run-Time: 46mins
  • Framerate: 29FPS
  • Number Of Parts: 2
  • Part Size: 700mb/s
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  • Subtitles: None
  • Source: DVD

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