The Skills of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo

Some time in the 1480s (experts tend to agree with 1483/84, at which point he was approximately 32-years-old) Leonardo da Vinci applied for a job at the court of Ludovico Sforza, the then de facto ruler of Milan. He did so by way of the following application letter — essentially a fascinating CV which, in an effort to appeal to Sforza’s needs at the time, is dominated by his undeniably impressive military engineering skills and doesn’t even hint at his artistic genius until the end.
Da Vinci’s efforts paid off, and he was eventually employed. A decade later, it was Sforza who commissioned him to paint The Last Supper.

(Source: Leonardo on Painting: An Anthology of Writings by Leonardo da Vinci with a Selection of Documents Relating to His Career; Image: Leonardo da Vinci, a self-portrait, via.)

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Os Memoráveis, de Lídia Jorge

Os Memoráveis

Em 2004, Ana Maria Machado, repórter portuguesa em Washington, é convidada a fazer um documentário sobre a Revolução de 1974, considerada pelo embaixador americano à época em Lisboa como um raro momento da História.

Aceite o trabalho, regressa a Portugal, contrata dois antigos colegas, e os três jovens entrevistam vários intervenientes e testemunhas do golpe de Estado, revisitando os mitos da Revolução de Abril.

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