Ginevra's Story DVD: A National Gallery of Art Presentation

About the Artist

Although only ten paintings by Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) exist in the world today, among them are the best-known and most highly revered paintings in the Western tradition: the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. Despite these high achievements in painting, Leonardo would likely still be known to us today for his extraordinarily versatile intellect and creative mind. Equally skilled as a sculptor, architect, urban planner, inventor, anatomist, military strategist, and visionary who anticipated the invention of aircraft, submarines, and other technologies centuries before their invention, he was among the most influential figures of the Renaissance in Europe. Ginevra de' Benci, a portrait painting in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, is the only painting by Leonardo on public view in the Western Hemisphere.

Ginevra's Story DVD: A National Gallery of Art Presentation

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Directed by Christopher Swann, narrated by Meryl Streep and Isabella Rossellini

Ginevra de' Benci (1474–1478), the first portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, is both haunting and hypnotic. This magnificent and mysterious painting conceals a multitude of secrets. Using x-ray analysis, infrared reflectography, and the power of computer technology, this program delves beneath the surface of the painting to unveil fascinating stories about both Ginevra and Leonardo.

  • 56 minutes
  • Color
  • Released: 2009


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