Da Vinci's Demons

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  • A historical fantasy that tells the story of the great genius in his youth. Join a twenty-five-year-old Leonardo as he takes on Renaissance Florence, with a life full of art, invention, sword fights, love and excitement.

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  • S 3 : Ep 10

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    Aired 12/26/15

  • S 3 : Ep 9

    Angelus Iratissimus

    Aired 12/19/15

  • S 3 : Ep 8

    La Confessione Della Machina

    Aired 12/12/15

  • S 3 : Ep 7

    Alis Volat Propiis

    Aired 12/5/15

  • S 3 : Ep 6

    Liberum Arbitrium

    Aired 11/28/15

  • Cast & Crew
  • Tom Riley

    Leonardo da Vinci

  • Laura Haddock

    Lucrezia Donati

  • Blake Ritson

    Count Girolamo Riario

  • Elliot Cowan

    Lorenzo de' Medici

  • Lara Pulver

    Clarice Orsini

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  • Quotes (44)

    • The Jew: I am a son of Earth and Starry Heaven. I am thirsty. Please give me something to drink from the fountain of Memory.

    • Al-Rahim: You have heard the phrase "time is a river"? What most fail to grasp is that the river is circular. One man's death opens the doorway to the birth of the next.

    • Al-Rahim: We are known as the Sons of Mithras. Much of what you call progress has simply been a matter of remembering what was once forgotten. This knowledge was set down in a compendium known as the Book of Leaves.

    • Al-Rahim: Where [the Sons of Mithras] seek to disseminate and preserve knowledge, [the Vatican] seek to alter and suppress it.

    • Lorenzo: I'm also told that you are a trouble-maker, you are arrogant, impolitic, and utterly incapable of keeping your opinions to yourself.
      Leonardo: Arrogance implies that I exaggerate my own worth. I don't.

    • Becchi: If man were meant to fly...
      Leonardo: ...he would have been born with wings, yes. But a similar assertion could have been made prior to the invention of gunpowder. Or the wheel. Or any other invention conceived since the fire. I believe man will fly. And I base this assumption on the fact that God has blessed us with minds that are capable of imagining it. Anything that can be dreamt of will eventually be built. Anyone who says otherwise is a fool.

    • Leonardo: Shall we say a hundred florins?
      Lorenzo: Fifty. And if you haggle any further, I'll cut out your tongue.
      Leonardo: As you say Sir, Thank you.

      "margin-right: 163.0pt; mso-line-height-alt: 10.0pt; mso-pagination: widow-orphan;">Well I'll remember that the next time you decide to strap me or Vanessa into your glider wings.

    • Lorenzo: A clockwork loses its luster once one glimpses the gears beneath its face.

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    Notes (74)

    • Timeline Notes
      Leonardo da Vinci was born on 15 April, 1452.
      Nicollò Machiavelli was born on 3rd May 1469.
      Galeazzo Maria Sforza, Duke of Milan, was assassinated on 26th December, 1476.
      In 1477, Easter Sunday was on 6th April.

    • Leonardo da Vinci's Inventions

      The inventions featured in this episode are:
      - Ornithopter (glider)
      - Parachute

      Designs for both of these inventions appear in what is now called the 'Codex Atlanticus', a collection of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci. It is currently preserved at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan. It can be viewed on-line here.

      Ornithopher (glider)
      Leonardo straps Nico to his glider and launches him, it flies.  The original drawing can be found on page 846 v of the codex.  This version was based upon a bat's wing. There is a legend that Leonardo used one of his apprentices to test this invention, resulting in a broken leg.  However, there is no mention of such a test in his notebooks, so is this is considered to be a myth.

      Leonardo shows Lucrezia his design for a ' device for slowing one's rate of descent'. The original drawing can be found on page 1058v of the codex.  Along with this diagram, Da Vinci wrote: "If a man have a tent made of linen of which the apertures (openings) have all been stopped up, and it be twelve braccia (about 23 feet) across and twelve in depth, he will be able to throw himself down from any great height without suffering any injury."

      In 2000, skydiver Adrian Nichols tested this design and discovered that it worked as Leonardo intended, much to the surprise of experts. He also observed that he found it a smoother ride that when using modern parachutes.

    • The Book of Leaves is loosely based on the Voynich manuscript, described as "the world's most mysterious manuscript."  It dates to the early 15th century, possibly originates from northern Italy, and is named after the book dealer Wilfrid Voynich, who purchased it in 1912.

    • Writer, David S. Goyer, mentioned to Tom Riley (Leonardo) that he wanted to start the show off with a bang and kill an actor famous for doing a 'proper' historical show, someone like Hugh Bonneville.  Tom Riley is friends with Hugh and contacted him.

    • The Hanged Man is the twelfth trump or Major Arcana card in most traditional Tarot decks.

    • Many episodes of Da Vinci's Demons are named after Tarot cards.

    • Original International Air Dates:
      UK: April 19, 2013 on Fox

    • Lucrezia tells Lorenzo that her ring comes from Ceylon. Ceylon is now known as Sri Lanka and is an island country off the southern coast of India.

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    Trivia (51)

    • Leonardo's Name

      At birth, Leonardo's full name was "Leonardo".

      Although he was illegitimate (his mother, Caterina, was a serving girl), his father, Ser Piero,  acknowledged him as his son and allowed him to be known as "Leonardo di ser Piero".

      Because Piero was an important man in the area of the small hamlet of Anchiano and the slightly larger hamlet of Vinci, he added "da Vinci" (from Vinci) to their name.  Leonardo used this tag while an apprentice to distinguish himself from the many other Leonardos.

      Lorenzo formally addresses Leonardo as "Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci".

      "Da Vinci" is not his surname and would relate to thousands of people who were from Vinci. It would therefore make no sense to refer to him as "Da Vinci". Later on, in Milan, he called himself "Leonardo the Florentine", but the "da Vinci" label stuck.

      Writer, David S. Goyer, has said that they used "Da Vinci", because most people, all around the world, recognise who is being referred to.  'Leonardo' is more ambiguous and may be interpreted as 'DiCaprio'

    • The lion-headed statue is known as the Leontocephaline and is of the Roman religion known as the Mithraic Mysteries. It is a replica of one found at the Mithraeum of C. Valerius Heracles and sons (dedicated 190 AD) at Ostia Antica, Italy.

    • The ring which Count Riario gives to Lucrezia is set with a rare cyan-colored gemstone, known as serendibite.

    • The revealed map at the end of the episode is South America.

    • The game that Riario and the prisoner are playing is called Go.  It dates back at least 2,500 years, originating in China.  It is a strategy game for 2 players, who place black and white 'stones' onto a grid, with the objective of surrounding more territory than one's opponent.

      Around this time, it is known that a number of Chinese delegations visited the Papacy, some staying for months.  It is not unlikely that they would have brought Go with them.

      The prisoner mentions that one of the most difficult strategies to master is called "Cross The Sea Unseen". This strategy entails identifying a weakness in the opponent's position that is unable to be exploited without supporting stones. The key is to add the required supporting stones without alerting the opponent to the danger. This is usually done by planning an attack that causes the opponent to drive your stones into the required supporting position.

    • The prisoner is being held in Castel Sant'Angelo, a castle which the the Papal state used as a prison.  It is connected to St Peter's Basilica by a elevated corridor, called the Passetto di Borgo.

    • When Clarice talks to Lucrezia, they are in the Magi Chapel of the Palazzo Medici.  The fresco she points to is an altered version of the Eastern wall section of the Procession of the Magi, by Benozzo Gozzoli.  This section is called the "Procession of the Young King". Despite Clarice's barbed comment to Lucrezia, Clarice is not actually shown in the original version. It was painted around 1460, when Lorenzo would have been 10 and he was therefore depicted as a small boy. The original can be seen by visiting the Palazzo Medici Riccardi in Florence.

    • Da Vinci states that Geoffroy du Breuil recorded an outbreak in the 12th century.  Geoffroy du Breuil was an abbot at Vigeois, France between 994 and 1184. In his chronicles, he wrote about a fiery convulsive sickness, which turned out to be ergotism.

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    Allusions (3)

    • The sparring between Verrocchio and Botticelli was very similar to a famous exchange between Winston Churchill and Lady Astor.
      Lady Astor: Mr. Churchill, you're drunk!
      Winston Churchill: Yes, and you, Madam, are ugly. But tomorrow, I shall be sober.

    • Riario asked the miners "How many righteous people did Abraham initially promise he would find in those blighted cities?"; the correct answer was 50. 
      This is from The Bible, the book of Genesis, 18:26: If I find fifty righteous people in the city of Sodom, I will spare the whole place for their sake.

    • Lorenzo says of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, "And what exactly what do you think would amuse them?  A bonfire of Jews?"
      This is a reference to their strong Roman Catholic faith and their part in the creation of The Tribunal of the Holy Office of the Inquisition, also known as the Spanish Inquisition.
      The royal couple pressured Pope Sixtus IV to agree to form an Inquision that would report directly to the Monarchy, rather than to Rome. This was enacted on 1st November, 1478.
      Tomás de Torquemada, a Dominican friar who is shown accompanying Isabella to Florence as her Confessor, would become the first Grand Inquisitor.

  • Fan Reviews (45)
  • When Is Season 3 going to start

    By AmyTeves, Jun 21, 2015

  • Season 3 starts in

    By AndrzejWymagalski, May 31, 2015

  • Season 3 starts in June.

    By danboboulet, Apr 28, 2015

  • I don't mind....

    By dudestein1958, Mar 26, 2015

  • Has a slow start.. But its just WOW!!

    By kartheekc92, Mar 24, 2015