The Tragic pursuit of perfection

France and United Kingdom, 1953

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An experiment in creating a dramatic biography from a painter’s work. The film covers a great deal of Leonardo de Vinci’s activities, explores his sketch books and notebooks, his extraordinary designs for machines of war, his correspondence, his drawings and paintings and his unfinished statuary. “The Tragic pursuit of perfection” is the theme of the film illustrated by the history of “The Last supper”.


production company

Triangle Film Productions


Enrico Fulchinoni



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France United Kingdom
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Subject categories

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Study and teaching

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Themes, motives

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Italian

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art, Renaissance

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists - Biography

Crafts & Visual Arts → Artists - Italy

Crafts & Visual Arts → Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painters - Italy

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painting, Italian


Documentary → Documentary films - Great Britain

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Art - Study and teaching

Educational & Instructional

Educational & Instructional → Educational films

People → Artists - Biography

People → Leonardo, da Vinci, 1452-1519

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain




Black and White


16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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