Leonardo’s Dream Machine

HISTORY CHANNEL – Saturday 27 December, 5.30pm

Five centuries after they were sketched in Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, this series brings together leading engineers, designers and craftsmen to build two of the legendary artist, inventor and scientist’s fantastical machines – a giant crossbow and a flying machine. The programme also looks at the life of the greatest of Renaissance Men and the obsession with invention that was to last his lifetime. Leading experts in art, design and medicine and flight tell how Leonardo’s ideas inspired future experimenters and often pre-dated modern ‘discoveries’ by hundreds of years.

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