|Meryl Streep & Isabella Rossellini, narrators.|
|Publisher:||National Gallery of Art, Washington|
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.