131 votes


Rai 1 2021

A fresh look at the life and legacy of the iconic artist Leonardo da Vinci, positing that he was a gay outsider who used his work as a way of hiding his true self. Each episode will examine one of da Vinci’s artworks for hidden clues about a tortured artist struggling for perfection.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Leonardo

Leonardo - S1E8

#1 - Episode 8


Season 1 - Episode 8

With time running out, Stefano races to save Leonardo and finally discovers the truth behind his biggest kept secret; armed with the facts but lacking the evidence, an unexpected revelation leaves Stefano turning to an unlikely source for help.

The episode was rated from 86 votes.

Leonardo - S1E7

#2 - Episode 7


Season 1 - Episode 7

Having found Caterina, Leonardo continues his work, but is frustrated by the growing success of a younger artist, Michelangelo Buonarroti. Putting his feelings aside, Leonardo allows himself to be persuaded to accept a new commission.

The episode was rated from 79 votes.

Leonardo - S1E5

#3 - Episode 5


Season 1 - Episode 5

Following the death of Ludovico's wife, Leonardo is assigned a new commission but struggles to deal with his inner turmoil; after taking on board some wise words from Fr. Luca Pacioli, Leonardo seeks assistance.

The episode was rated from 84 votes.

Leonardo - S1E2

#4 - Episode 2


Season 1 - Episode 2

As Leonardo's achievements are recognized and his reputation grows, one risky decision could destroy everything he has worked for. When an unforeseen situation further undermines his reputation as an artist, he sets his sights on the Duchy of Milan and leaves Florence.

The episode was rated from 102 votes.

Leonardo - S1E6

#5 - Episode 6


Season 1 - Episode 6

Returning to Florence, an uninspired Leonardo accepts to paint the portrait that will become the Mona Lisa; after failing to repair his relationship with Caterina, Leonardo goes to Imola, where he receives much praise from his employer.

The episode was rated from 86 votes.

Leonardo - S1E4

#6 - Episode 4


Season 1 - Episode 4

When Ludovico asks Leonardo to create an equestrian statue in honor of his father, it stimulates his ambition even more, and the artist strives to exceed the expectations placed on him. While working on the work, Da Vinci places his trust in a person everyone would judge unreliable: Salaì, a resourceful young thief.

The episode was rated from 88 votes.

Leonardo - S1E3

#7 - Episode 3


Season 1 - Episode 3

Leonardo moves to Milan, determined to obtain the patronage of the Regent Duke Ludovico Sforza. When reality proves to be less attractive than expected and Leonardo is asked to devote himself to a great theatrical performance instead of a painting, it is a new encounter that helps him to free his imagination, allowing him to see in the theatrical production a great opportunity.

The episode was rated from 91 votes.

Leonardo - S1E1

#8 - Episode 1


Season 1 - Episode 1

In Milan, in 1506, Leonardo da Vinci is arrested on charges of having poisoned Caterina da Cremona. After declaring his innocence to Stefano Giraldi, an official of the Podestà, Leonardo recalls his days as an apprentice in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, where he first met the model Caterina.

The episode was rated from 141 votes.

Last updated: apr 18, 2022



[Amazon] Da Vinci's early biographers softened the painter's relationships with his apprentices, and in the 19th century it was invented a romance with a woman. In 2021, this show resurrects Caterina de Cremona to build an unnecessary police drama. The life and enormous work of a character like Leonardo Da Vinci is interesting enough not to need fictional situations and characters to be invented around it.

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