Exclusive First Look: The Stars of Da Vinci's Demons Pose for Artsy Nude Portraits

How best to trumpet the return of a series about Leonardo da Vinci and starring attractive people than with said cast members wearing nothing but the famous artist’s work?

As the Starz drama Da Vinci’s Demons ramps up for its Season 2 premiere, airing this Saturday at 9/8c, TVLine has gotten its mitts on a series of portraits, in which Da Vinci sketches are projected onto the bodies of stars Tom Riley (who plays da Vinci), Blake Ritson (aka the ruthless Count Girolamo Riario) and — gender equality! —  Laura Haddock (Lucrezia Donati).

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As the drama’s sophomore run unspools, with Florence thrown into chaos in the wake of the Pazzi conspiracy, Leonardo da Vinci will push the limits of his mind and body to defend the city against the forces of Rome. He will also continue his quest to find the fabled Book of Leaves and uncover the secret history of his mother — only to realize that he has lethal competition in his quest, new enemies who may be even worse than the forces of Pope Sixtus.

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But enough of words. Here, pictures. (I think we may have solved why the Mona Lisa is smiling.)

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  1. SUSO says:

    Apparently the first season didn’t go over well and the only thing they could afford for season two’s promotional material was a projector.

    In theory I suppose it was an okay idea but it just comes off as cheap, exploitative and, for a show so immersed in art, not artistic at all. It’s all very “meh.”

  2. Hannah says:

    Nothing “artsy” here. This str8 Leonardo may provide entertainment for those who like this show, but the is nothing historical or even educational in it. Enjoy.

    • Josh says:

      Yeah still not a fan of how they ‘straight washed’ Da Vinci and the excuses they’ve made for it.

      • Emma says:

        There is no evidence that DaVinci was gay, only idle speculation on sketchy accusations that could have easily been fabricated to discredit the guy. It really so hard accept someone having no sexual desires?

      • DL says:

        Not sure how they ‘straight washed’ him. His character on the show is openly bisexual. Granted his current romantic interest is female, but it’s been made clear his appetites apply to both sexes.

  3. mtmslg says:

    This show is just dreadful. Poor DaVinci deserves much better. His real story and genius deserves a first class treatment.

  4. ScorpionGlow says:

    This show is amazing. I was hooked from the very first episode. There are aspects of it I could really do without, but that is to be expected. There’s a reason this show has an almost graphic novel take on a young Da Vinci’s life. It’s predominantly historical fiction. If you don’t like it, you don’t have to watch it. However, it is extremely well done.

  5. reccer says:

    I was going to ask “Can someone confirm if this show is anything aside from titillating, soft core porn and inaccurate historical events?” But the above comments answered just that. I won’t even bother because every show on Starz only gets 2 seasons before being cancelled anyways. The only exception was Spartacus.

    • Hannah says:

      Yay for the 2 seasons Starz policy. I’m waiting to forget about this show’s existence.

    • r0ckmypants says:

      Head Case had 3 seasons. Spartacus had 3 seasons and a miniseries. Camelot, Hollywood Residential and Gravity had 1 season each. So fewer shows had 2 seasons (Boss, Crash, Magic City, Party Down) than shows had more or less than 2 seasons.

  6. usman sulaiman says:

    very interesting