The Life of Leonardo da Vinci

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The Life of Leonardo da Vinci
The DVD cover (2003)
Written byRenato Castellani
Directed byRenato Castellani
StarringPhilippe Leroy
Narrated byGiulio Bosetti (and onscreen presenter)
Theme music composerRoman Vlad
Country of originItaly
Original languageItalian
Running time270 min (five 54-minute episodes)
Production companiesRAI
Televisión Española
Istituto Luce
Original release
ReleaseOctober 20, 1971 (1971-10-20)
Italy: 24 October 1971
USA: 13 August 1972
France: 2 May 1974

La Vita di Leonardo Da Vinci — in English, The Life of Leonardo da Vinci — is a 1971 Italian television miniseries dramatizing the life of the Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519).

The Golden Globe Award-winning miniseries was directed by Renato Castellani, produced by RAI, Televisión Española, ORTF and Istituto Luce and distributed in the United States by CBS, which aired it from August 13, 1972 to September 10, 1972.[1] Castellani wrote the screenplay. It was filmed entirely on location in Italy and France. The total runtime of the five episodes is nearly five hours.



Awards and nominations

Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result Ref.
Golden Globe Awards Best Television Special Won [2]
Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Drama/Comedy – Limited Episodes RAI Radiotelevisione Italiana Nominated [3]
Outstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role
(Drama/Comedy – Limited Episodes)
Philippe Leroy Nominated [4]

Alternate titles

  • Das Leben Leonardo da Vincis (West Germany; recut version)
  • I, Leonardo (USA)
  • The Life of Leonardo Da Vinci (USA)
  • Léonard de Vinci (France)
  • Жизнь Леонардо да Винчи (СССР)
  • Животът на Леонардо да Винчи (Bulgaria)
  • La vida de Leonardo Da Vinci (Venezuela)
  • Leonardo Da Vinci élete (Hungary, 4 January 1974)


  • In the English-dubbed narration, Ludovico Sforza's Milan is said to have fallen in 1499 to the French King Louis VII (reigned 1137–1180). The reference should be to Louis XII (reigned 1498–1515).


  1. ^ Brooks, Tim, and Earle Marsh, The Complete Directory to Prime-Time Network and Cable TV Shows, 1946–Present, Sixth Edition, New York: Ballantine Books, 1995, ISBN 0-345-39736-3, p. 596.
  2. ^ "The Life of Leonardo da Vinci". Golden Globe Awards. Retrieved March 23, 2024.
  3. ^ "The Life of Leonardo da Vinci". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 23, 2024.
  4. ^ "The Life of Leonardo da Vinci". Academy of Television Arts & Sciences. Retrieved March 23, 2024.