With a high tech camera, we can now deconstruct the Mona Lisa to reveal Da Vinci's process. And while his reputation as an inventor may be inaccurate, his artistic genius is never overestimated.
In an age when advancements in art, technology, architecture, and astronomy were exploding throughout Italy, Leonardo da Vinci's contributions are considered to be amongst the greatest. History tells us that along with "The Mona Lisa," da Vinci was a genius inventor, whose ideas for the tank, the diving suit, and the helicopter were centuries ahead of his time. But new evidence suggests a different story. Join us as we open the Mystery Files on this medieval mastermind and determine where history ends and hyperbole begins.
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