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Ginevra's Story: Solving the Mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci's First Known Portrait

Meryl Streep & Isabella Rossellini, narrators.
Item #: D88023
Format: DVD/Not Rated/CC
Publisher: National Gallery of Art, Washington
ISBN: 410000353387
No Longer Available

No less riveting than the famed Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci's portrait Ginevra de' Benci likewise conceals many secrets and has mystified viewers for more than five centuries. In this documentary, x-rays and computer technology are used to probe below the surface of the painting, answering questions about why both sides of the panel contain images, and why it was drastically cut down in size. Here too is the story of Leonardo and this young Florentine woman, and the tale of how this masterpiece that once resided in a wine cellar came to Washington DC's National Gallery, where it is the only painting by the artist on view in the Western hemisphere. The English-language version of this program is narrated here by Meryl Streep, while the Italian version features the voice of Isabella Rossellini.

 

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