Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Renaissance Man's Man: A New Show Reimagines Leonardo Da Vinci's Wild Years, Complete with Sex and Drugs

Magazine article The Advocate (The national gay & lesbian newsmagazine)

Renaissance Man's Man: A New Show Reimagines Leonardo Da Vinci's Wild Years, Complete with Sex and Drugs

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LEONARDO DA VINCI WAS A SWORD-FIGHTING, Opium smoking hunk who loved sex with beautiful women and men. Or at least he was in the mind of David S. Goyer, the creator of the new Starz drama Da Vinci's Demons, which premieres April 12. The eight-episode series explores the Renaissance-era inventor, engineer, and artist as a young man, with many soap opera flourishes that throw the chiseled rebel into all kinds of 15th-century intrigue.

While many aspects of the show are revisionist, Da Vinci's fluid sexuality is not one of them. The world's most famous artist has long been thought gay or bisexual (theories recently emerged that the Mona Lisa was Da Vinci's male lover). Goyer's Da Vinci (played by British actor Tom Riley) is too busy working out mommy issues, sword-fighting with Romans, and bedding Florence's beautiful people to get caught up defining himself or struggle with coming out. So are many of the characters populating Da Vinci's Demons who would likely be categorized as LGBT in 21st-century terms. …

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