When one thinks of the Renaissance, one of the first artists that
come to mind is Leonardo da Vinci, and for good reasons. The embodiment
of the "Renaissance man," da Vinci was an incredibly skilled painter,
sculptor, and engineer. He is also renowned for his notebooks, in which
he made great strides in his studies of anatomy and the human body.
Although he lived long ago, his legacy is remembered through his many
representations in modern film. Depictions of da Vinci in film range
from dramatic interpretations that chronicle his life, to more elaborate
discussions of his inventions and his notebooks. The films Inside the
Mind of Leonardo and The Life of Leonardo da Vinci both show different
aspects of his life, that are corroborated by Charles Nicholl's text
Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind and Giorgio Vasari's writings
about da Vinci in his work The Lives of the Artists. However, since
viewer's taste in cinema has changed in the 35 years between the films'
releases, the films may have difficulty in finding an audience. It is
important that these films are historically accurate so that common
misconceptions about da Vinci do not become facts; as the narrator of
The Life of Leonardo da Vinci said, "some myths die hard."
Full Paper: On Representations of da Vinci in Popular Film