The Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci
Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci
The paintbrush resting on a foam rock atop the sarcophagus.

Production Number

1-21 (21)


November 6, 1993[1]


Orange Iguanas


Katie & Roberto

Artifact Location

The Tomb of the Ancient Kings

Pendants of Life


Temple Layout


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The Paintbrush of Leonardo da Vinci is the 21st episode of Legends of the Hidden Temple.

Moat Crossing

One player from each team sat on a floating ring. When Kirk said "go", that player pulled himself across the Moat as quickly as possible using an attached rope. Once across, he stepped off, grabbed the ring, and threw it back to his partner who proceeded to jump on and pull himself across. As soon as the second teammate stepped onto the deck, it was his job to run over and hit the gong.

Moat Results
Place Team Time
1st Orange Iguanas 0:37
2nd Green Monkeys 0:39
3rd Blue Barracudas 1:15
4th Red Jaguars 1:56

Steps of Knowledge

One of the greatest artists of all time was the master, painter, inventor, and sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci. When he was in school, he painted an angel so beautifully that his teacher gave a painting and became a sculptor instead. Leonardo also painted the Last Supper and Mona Lisa. He was also a brilliant inventor. He kept a pad on his belt, and jotted down his ideas backwards, so they can only be read in a mirror. He drew plans for gadgets than anyone else recorded history. From the alarm clock to the helicopter! Leonardo was also tough on his own students. If he thought one of their paintings was bad, he painted a big red "X" on it. When he died, a student kept one of his red stained paintbrushes as a souvenir, which ended up in the temple.

Steps of Knowledge Results
Question Answers Team
Which of these did Leonardo paint?
  • Whistler's Mother
  • Mona Lisa
  • La Pietá
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Leonardo lived during which of these periods of history?
  • The Renaissance
  • The Dark Ages
  • The Jurassic Period
Red Jaguars (Correct - 2 steps left)
Which of these paintings of a famous meal did Leonardo create?
  • The Last Judgment
  • The Last Supper
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 2 steps left)
Did Leonardo create an early design of…?
  • The Space Shuttle
  • A Blimp
  • A Helicopter
Orange Iguanas (Correct - 1 step left)
Leonardo worked on several statues. Does this mean he was…?
  • Statuesque
  • A Mason
  • A Sculptor
Green Monkeys (Correct - 2 steps left)
When jotting down notes, did Leonardo write…?
  • Backwards
  • In Hieroglyphics
Red Jaguars (Correct - 1 step left)
Was Leonardo's mysterious note-taking called…?
  • Morse code
  • Mirror writing
  • Plagiarizing
Blue Barracudas (Correct - 1 step left)
Leonardo studied and designed buildings. Does this mean he was…?
  • An Argonaut
  • An Architect
  • An Agropole
Green Monkeys (Correct - 1 step left)
The Mona Lisa is in a famous museum in France. Is it in…?
  • The Smithsonian Institute
  • The Guggenheim Museum
  • The Louvre
Blue Barracudas (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)
Which of these great artists was a rival of Leonardo's?
  • Michelangelo
  • Picasso
  • Rembrandt
Orange Iguanas (Correct - Advanced to Temple Games)

Temple Games

The Blue Barracudas are 12-year-old Ansie and 13-year-old Chris. The Orange Iguanas are 12-year-old Katie and 11-year-old Roberto.

Painter's Palette (Bucket Ramp)

Every great painter knows that with the three primary colors (Red, Yellow, and Blue), you can mix any other color. Regardless of being great painters or not, the players get a chance to mix it up a bit. When Kirk gave the signal, Chris and Roberto had to climb up the ramp on their knees, pull down the first bucket, and slide back down the palette to give the paint a good blending. Then they will climb back up, dump the next paint sample, and mix his way down again. The first team to mix all three colors and slide back down OR the player that was furthest along in 60 seconds won. This temple game was nearly impossible for both players. They each pulled down only one color (Roberto pulled down yellow while Chris pulled down blue). The paint was the problem, because it made the ramp way too slippery for them. Chris and Roberto had tied both winning a half pendant of life.

Red "X"s on Rejected Paintings (Bungee Soap Mat)

Leonardo da Vinci was a very demanding teacher. If he disapproved of his students' paintings, he would paint a large red "X" over it. When Kirk gave the signal, Katie and Ansie each had to grab a red line from the center bin, crawl out to a painting, and place the line over it. Then they will go back to the center, grab the next red line, and place it on the painting to complete the "X". They each had to work on two paintings, and the first player to place the red "X" on both paintings or the player that was furthest along in 60 seconds won. Katie placed the both "X"s on both of her paintings with 27 seconds to spare.

Helicopter (Pulley Pillar)

430 years ago, Leonardo drew a design for a helicopter, but it was never built until the 20th century. Before each team is a base of a helicopter, and when Kirk gave the signal, each team had to grab a helicopter blade, jump up, and place it on the copter and jump back down again. That will allow his partner to jump up and attach it. They will alternate for 60 seconds. The first team to complete their helicopter or the team that was furthest along when time was up won. The Orange Iguanas won 3-0 as time was up, sending them to Olmec's Temple with two full pendants.

Temple Games Results
Team Game 1 Game 2 Game 3 Pendants Won
Blue Barracudas Tied Lost Lost ½ Pendant
Orange Iguanas Tied Won Won 2 Pendants

Temple Run

The layout design was very difficult during this run. The frontrunner followed the bottom of the temple to the Swamp, where she was caught by a temple guard. None of the doors in this room opened, so she had to go back to the Room of Harmonic Convergence to go upwards. The door on the left did not open in the Heart Room, so she was forced to climb upwards once more to the Observatory, where she was taken out. Her partner went up to the Room of the Three Gargoyles, but even here he was forced to go down. Time ran out when he was going through the Wheel Room.

Temple Run Results
Victory No
Reached the Artifact No
Method of Loss Failed Acquisition
Temple Guard Locations

The Swamp

The Observatory

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