Leonardo (2003)
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The Secret Life of the Mona Lisa 

This third programme in the series on Leonardo da Vinci begins by stating that the Mona Lisa is the most famous image in the history of art - but how and why has it become so famous? To ... See full summary »

Director:

Nicholas Rossiter (as Nick Rossiter)

Writer:

Alan Yentob

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Episode credited cast:
Alan Yentob Alan Yentob ... Himself - Presenter
Mark Rylance ... Leonardo
Che Cartwright ... Salai
Dolya Gavanski ... Mona Lisa
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Jerry Brotton Jerry Brotton ... Himself - Cultural Historian (as Dr Jerry Brotton)
Sigmund Freud ... Himself (archive footage)
Rona Goffen Rona Goffen ... Herself - Art Historian (as Prof Rona Goffen)
Martin Kemp Martin Kemp ... Himself - Art Historian (as Prof Martin Kemp)
John F. Kennedy ... Himself (archive footage)
Cherry Lewis Cherry Lewis ... Herself - Geologist (as Dr Cherry Lewis)
Sherwin Nuland Sherwin Nuland ... Himself - Professor of Clinical Surgery
Donald Sassoon Donald Sassoon ... Himself - Author 'Mona Lisa'
Leo Stevenson Leo Stevenson ... Himself - Artist
Evelyn Welch Evelyn Welch ... Herself - Art Historian (as Dr Evelyn Welch)
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This third programme in the series on Leonardo da Vinci begins by stating that the Mona Lisa is the most famous image in the history of art - but how and why has it become so famous? To answer this, we begin by examining the history of painting. Presenter Alan Yentob, travels to the Loire Valley, France, where in 1516 Leonardo entered the court of King Francis I, bringing the Mona Lisa with him. Alan is amazed to discover that the King kept this priceless painting in his bathroom. We follow the journey of this painting as it passes through the possession of the French Royal Family to Napoleon, for whom it was a favourite, until the revolution in 1789 when it entered the Louvre.

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4 May 2003 (UK) See more »

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