An international team of scholars has just unveiled plans to science the shit out of Leonardo da Vinci, the man who gave us the Mona Lisa and envisioned futuristic technologies like helicopters and tanks 500 years ago. Goals of the fledgling “Leonardo Project” include recovering the famous Renaissance figure’s remains…
Leonardo DaVinci’s wing and glider designs have inspired literature, art, and cinema over the centuries. But plenty of other people have schemed to take to the air, long before the Wright Brothers. Here are just some of the inventors who devised methods of unpowered human flight...with mixed success.
Today, Leonardo da Vinci is renowned for being one of the Renaissance's most illustrious polymaths – but back in the late 15th Century, the artist, inventor and all-around genius still had to job hunt like the rest of us. And yes, his resume was... intimidating.
It sounds like a plot for an Indiana Jones or Captain America film. But, during World War II, the self-portrait of Leonardo DaVinci was secretly moved from Turin to Rome for safekeeping from the Nazis. Legend says the gaze of DaVinci is so intense, that it can imbue onlookers with preternatural strength.
Over the centuries, it has been common to reuse canvases and paint over murals, meaning that many great works of art have been lost between layers of paint. Fortunately, modern technology and notes on the originals lets us see those hidden masterpieces once again.
This centuries old, one-third scale anatomical model of a human skull was sculpted by hand and contains remarkable detail. And research suggests that it maybe be a previously undiscovered work made by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci.
Because Da Vinci's Demons apparently hasn't pushed its ahistorical fantasy far enough, our can't-fail Renaissance man Leonardo Da Vinci heads to the Americas in the trailer for Season Two, years before Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic.
Rabies spread by bites of infected dogs has been deeply feared since antiquity. But the virus also gave some people a rather nasty idea: Why not use it as a weapon?
After a fun episode that focused on the fantastical secrets within the Vatican archives, it was a bit disappointing that the Da Vinci's Demons finale returned to Florentine history for its season finale. But it finally brings the Pazzi conspiracy into the open, with plenty of blood. Spoilers ahead.
Da Vinci's Demons has already given us the "truth" behind Count Dracula, and now a trip to the Vatican's secret archive reveals a few other mysteries of the universe, including a brief nod to Arthurian legend. Spoilers ahead.
Not a dream! Not a hoax! Last night's episode of Da Vinci's Demons pit Leonardo against Vlad the Impaler, and our hero's usual scheming and quipping isn't quite as successful as he hoped. Spoilers ahead.
Last week's episode of Da Vinci's Demons ended with Leonardo arrested on charges of sodomy, and this week gave us the spectacle of of his trial. And Leonardo finds that technology is good for more than robotic birds and weapons of war; it's also handy for blackmail. Spoilers ahead.
Last night's Da Vinci's Demons took us away from mad nuns and brought us back to the battle of wits and wills between Leonardo and Count Riorio. Leonardo's latest move in the defense of Florence involves a pomegranate and some pretty fireworks. As always, spoilers within.
The battle between Florence and the Vatican claimed the sanity of a handful of nuns on last night's Da Vinci's Demons. What will Leonardo do when the local convent claims to be plagued by demonic possession? Spoilers below.
The pilot episode of Da Vinci's Demons gave us a ridiculous robotic bird and some crazy fireworks sex. This episode, however, we stepped back toward the technologically plausible when Leonardo devises a weapon to defend his beloved Florence.
David S. Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons premiered last night on STARZ and it was...kind of slow. But this clip shows us what we do get in lieu of an intriguing plot and compelling characters: implausible Renaissance technology and painted lady nipples. This clip is NSFW and contains technology indistinguishable from magic.
Here it is, the first sexy trailer for David S. Goyer's Starz series Da Vinci's Demons is out. And holy Vitruvian Man — Tom Riley, who plays the young and virile Leo, is hot, hot, hot. Why make Da Vinci a sexy weapon of mass destruction (that's a joke, because he used to make actual weapons)? Because sexy everything…
What would da Vinci's Last Supper look like if all the apostles quit playing that game of telephone, wrapped up their Biblical vittles, and went to go hang out in some Toulouse-Lautrecs?[Via ]
Over at science e-book review Download the Universe, Carl Zimmer says he's found the greatest science e-book yet created — and he just may be right. The book is Leonardo da Vinci Anatomy, and it's an iPad app that explores a collection of Leonardo's anatomy drawings (many of which were hidden from the public until…
Do you have $15,000 to blow on disconcerting old automata? Well, have we a bargain for you! For a mere $10-$15K, you can win this automaton recreation of Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, complete with a tiny mechanical Judas plotting away. Here's the auction description and a nine-minute video detailing the…