History 104A, November 28: Dissent! Renaissance Video.
I had a video tape I was going to show today, another James Burke
tape from the renaissance development of, however, I was in Fry's
Friday -- which day was it crazy?
THE PROFESSOR: I was there Thursday.
Q You were there on Thanksgiving?
THE PROFESSOR: No. It must have been on Wednesday. In any
case, I was going through the boxed videos and there was one on
Leonardo Da Vinci and the renaissance or six videos DVD's for 29.95.
It looked like a good series. It's on dissenters and it mostly deals
with the artists and does the art. The interesting part here -- I
don't know when it was made. The date on it says 2005 -- MMV on the box,
but what was interesting is that they had a bunch of the dissenters
from about 10 or 15 years ago from the United States being interviewed
with dissent as it exists here, and so that sort of brought back some
memories which won't for some of you, except perhaps for our
interpreters because they're not quite as ancient as I am. It's
interesting how they put it together. My emphasis on individual
level, I think it's the transformation over. They're dealing with the
early 1400s and how that individualism is developing in dissent; in
other words, the artist refusing to take orders from the patron.
We'll have a better view seeing it on the big screen whether I really
like it or not. The story of da Vinci is interesting too. There are
a lot of things in it that I never realized including how many of his
works were never finished. He was definitely a noncompleter.
THE INTERPRETER: Does it have subtitles?
THE PROFESSOR: We'll see. It should since it's recent.
We'll leave you with the last word from the woman. See you on