Renaissance

Before venturing out on the Journey of a Lifetime, it might be important to know something about your destination. We've got you covered.

The Renaissance was considered a time of rapid innovation and "rebirth." And the many ways in which Leonardo da Vinci was set on inventing the future of... well.. everything!

Wait, Was that a Selfie?

Wait, Was that a Selfie?

  • History
  • Culture
  • Photography

Think the selfie is a modern invention? Long before your cell phone, artists used the camera obscura to paint portraits of... themselves.

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Filippo Brunelleschi: Sculptor, Goldsmith, Duomo Maker

Filippo Brunelleschi: Sculptor, Goldsmith, Duomo Maker

  • Arts
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Culture
  • Math

How losing the competition that would lead to the job-of-a-lifetime against a detested rival led to the rise of one of the world's most famous architects.

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Da Vinci Savings Time

Da Vinci Savings Time

  • History
  • Technology

"Time stays long enough for those who make use of it." -Leonardo da Vinci

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Da Vinci Under Lock-and-Key

Da Vinci Under Lock-and-Key

  • History
  • Technology

A good story may raise ideas out of fiction to turn them into fact. Enter, science fiction!

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Fashion-Forward in the Fifteenth

Fashion-Forward in the Fifteenth

  • Arts
  • History
  • Culture

"What not to wear" once depended on your social status: duchess or milkmaid, prince or pope. If you broke rank, there could be a price to pay - a big one!

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Da Vinci's Way: Fashion, Renaissance Style

Da Vinci's Way: Fashion, Renaissance Style

  • History
  • Culture
  • Philosophy

Follow Instagram fashion trends today, and you'll see influencers showing the latest trends. But how would a fashionista in the fifteenth century know what not to wear?

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What's Cookin?

What's Cookin?

Think traditional Italian cooking is all pasta and pizza? Think again.

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A Medieval House Call

A Medieval House Call

  • Science
  • History
  • Technology
  • Culture
  • Philosophy

From the 14th through the 16th centuries, the bubonic plague ravaged Europe. With little knowledge about medicine and sanitation, plague doctors were the best chance for survival. How did plague doctors help those afflicted, and why did they wear those funny costumes?

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Sculptor, Architect, Actor, Impresario: How Rome Was Reinvented in a Lifetime

Sculptor, Architect, Actor, Impresario: How Rome Was Reinvented in a Lifetime

  • Arts
  • Architecture
  • History
  • Writing
  • Music

Gian Lorenzo Bernini (Naples, 7 December 1598 - Rome, 28 November 1680) was an Italian artist who worked principally in Rome. He was the leading sculptor of his age and also a prominent architect. In addition he painted, wrote plays, and designed metalwork and stage sets.

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MASTERY: Da Vinci's Secret to Inventing the Future

MASTERY: Da Vinci's Secret to Inventing the Future

  • Arts
  • Science
  • History
  • Technology
  • Philosophy

How would you think of the possibility of air travel-if only birds and butterflies were the only to the skies? Or design a military tank from observing a turtle in its shell? Imagine how Leonardo da Vinci thought that stuff up-hundreds of years ahead of his time.

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Cracking the Code - da Vinci's trade secrets!

Cracking the Code - da Vinci's trade secrets!

  • History
  • Technology
  • Writing

Inventors in most of the world have trademark laws and patents to protect their creations. But how did one of the most prolific inventors in history keep his secrets safe-with pirates and spies out to steal his secrets?

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Slow Cooking and Fast Eating: Food Science and Healthy Eating

Slow Cooking and Fast Eating: Food Science and Healthy Eating

  • Arts
  • Science
  • Engineering

Have you ever wondered what's behind what we eat every day? Food scientists specialize in understanding, modifying foods, and teaching others what’s in their food. Learn about how food science affects your day-to-day living.

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Leonardo's Perpetual Motion Designs

Leonardo's Perpetual Motion Designs

  • Science
  • Engineering
  • History

Can an object set in motion, stay in motion? Sir Isaac Newton famously settled in the First Law of Motion. But da Vinci experimented with perpetual motion long before Newton proved the natural law.

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Dance Dance Revolution - 15th Century Style

Dance Dance Revolution - 15th Century Style

  • History
  • Culture
  • Music

When ballroom dancing meant intricate moves with different partner, at court among kings and knights and ladies-can you imagine everyone's eyes on you if you didn't know the moves?

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Virtual Reality: A Matter of Perception

Virtual Reality: A Matter of Perception

  • Arts
  • Science
  • History
  • Math

Think VR and AR are new technologies? Low-tech versions have existed for centuries.

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Leonardo da Vinci's Lion Robot

Leonardo da Vinci's Lion Robot

  • Arts
  • Engineering
  • History
  • Technology

Artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci is reputed to have created a mechanical lion made for a king. And there were those who say it moved on its own power. Making the first known workable robots over 500 years old.

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Leonardo Takes a Deep Dive

Leonardo Takes a Deep Dive

  • History
  • Technology

What would humans do if they had the underwater breathing powers of fish? That’s a question Leonardo da Vinci set out to answer in designing the first known scuba suit.

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