Leonardo da Vinci accused of murder: what is the series worth with Freddie Highmore and Aiden Turner?

Aidan Turner as Leonardo da Vinci
France Televisions/ RAI/ZDF

Mixing historical reality and fiction, it is signed Frank Spotnitz (X-Files) and Steve Thompson (Sherlock).

Produced by RAI (Italian television), ZDF (German television) and France Télévisions, the series Leonardo arrives this evening on France 2. This international series, produced by Lux Vide, with RAI Fiction and Big Light Productions, focuses on the life of the Renaissance painter Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most famous artists of the story. Except there’s a twist…

The Leonardo da Vinci series for France television is revealed

Written by Frank Spotnitz (X Files, The Man in the High Castle) and Steve Thompson (sherlock), episodes of the series were directed by Dan Percival (The Man in the High Castle) and Alexis Sweet (Don Matteo). Eight in number, each lasting around fifty minutes, they focus on the life of Leonardo da Vinci and some of his most famous works.

In the role of the painter, the public will be able to discover this evening the Irish actor Aidan Turner (The Hobbit, Poldark). He will form the main trio of this revisited story with Matilda de Angelisin the role of his Caterina da Cremona, and Freddie Highmorein the shoes of the investigator Stefano Giraldi, determined to shed light on the trial concerning the painter.

Because this series is not a simple biopic. Mixing fiction and reality, it features Leonardo da Vinci when he is accused of having poisoned his muse Caterina da Cremona! Everything seems to overwhelm him: his ambiguous relationship with her, his presence at the scene of the crime and his knowledge of poisons. However, the investigator has doubts. Questioning Leonardo’s relatives one by one, he will try to solve this investigation, which will only end with a culprit on the scaffold.

To enhance this story, the cast is completed by Giancarlo Giannini (Andrea del Verrocchio), Carlos Cuevas (Salai), James D’Arcy (Ludovico Sforza), Robin Renucci (Piero da Vinci) and the French Hugo Becker (Thierry).

Complex series, covering the life of the painter between his beginnings in Florence and his reputation confirmed in Milan, Leonardo presents da Vinci as a man before turning him into a genius. Far from the vision usually given of the artist, we discover here his many facets, and especially his weaknesses as a man. Although many elements have been added to make the plot more lively, we let ourselves be carried away by its funny concept and its twists and turns. A family series, this program offers a first step in the history of art. Even if this story is sometimes reworked…

Leonardoseries in eight episodes, broadcast on Mondays on France 2. To discover this evening.

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