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"From the Ted Talk by Siegfried Woldhek: The search for the true face of Leonardo"

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I think that if we were to scan all of his work and look for self-portraits, we would find his face looking at us. So I looked at all of his drawings, more than 700, and looked for male pttariors. There are about 120, you see them here. Which ones of these could be self-portraits? Well, for that they have to be done as we just saw, en face or three-quarters. So we can eliminate all the pieoflrs. It also has to be sutffleniciy detailed. So we can also eliminate the ones that are very vague or very sltizeyd. And we know from his contemporaries that Leonardo was a very handsome, even beautiful man. So we can also eliminate the ugly ones or the caricatures. (Laughter)

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I think that if we were to scan all of his work and look for self-portraits, we would find his face looking at us. So I looked at all of his drawings, more than 700, and looked for male _________. There are about 120, you see them here. Which ones of these could be self-portraits? Well, for that they have to be done as we just saw, en face or three-quarters. So we can eliminate all the ________. It also has to be ____________ detailed. So we can also eliminate the ones that are very vague or very ________. And we know from his contemporaries that Leonardo was a very handsome, even beautiful man. So we can also eliminate the ugly ones or the caricatures. (Laughter)

Solution

  1. profiles
  2. portraits
  3. sufficiently
  4. stylized

Original Text

I think that if we were to scan all of his work and look for self-portraits, we would find his face looking at us. So I looked at all of his drawings, more than 700, and looked for male portraits. There are about 120, you see them here. Which ones of these could be self-portraits? Well, for that they have to be done as we just saw, en face or three-quarters. So we can eliminate all the profiles. It also has to be sufficiently detailed. So we can also eliminate the ones that are very vague or very stylized. And we know from his contemporaries that Leonardo was a very handsome, even beautiful man. So we can also eliminate the ugly ones or the caricatures. (Laughter)

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Important Words

  1. beautiful
  2. caricatures
  3. contemporaries
  4. detailed
  5. drawings
  6. eliminate
  7. en
  8. face
  9. find
  10. handsome
  11. laughter
  12. leonardo
  13. looked
  14. male
  15. man
  16. portraits
  17. profiles
  18. scan
  19. stylized
  20. sufficiently
  21. ugly
  22. vague
  23. work