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Title:
Why Is This Lady Smiling?
Plot:
In this fictional tale set in the year 1498, Leonardo da Vinci is commissioned to paint the image of a silk merchant's wife. Playfully altering the woman's natural smile, he came up with a masterpiece that will eventually become an integral part of art history, the Mona Lisa.
Episode:
1333
Air Dates:
First Run - May 26, 1982
Repeat - September 1, 1982
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4 Responses to Episode 1333


The face of an angel was taken by the plague only to live forever in the hearts of all men. :]

Just recently listened to this episode; it's one of the better ones I've heard so far.

Just kind of a so-so episode. I did enjoy the historical content--Lianardo da Vinci and Mona Lisa. Just 3 stars.

Another historically inaccurate and internally inconsistent episode. 1: The story opens in 1498, when Leonardo paints the Mona Lisa. It later skips ahead "four years," meaning we're now in at least 1502. But later we're told that the model for the Mona Lisa died "before 1500." So how could she have been around in 1502? Furthermore ... 2: Wikipedia says that the Mona Lisa "is believed to have been painted between 1503 and 1506, although Leonardo may have continued working on it as late as 1517." That is, not 1498.

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