Da Vinci flying machines tour the US



2015-06-26 11:49:47

Da Vinci flying machines tour the US

An inspiration to great collectors like Bill Gates, Da Vinci's ideas feature in a new exhibition

Two historic flying machines from the mind of Leonardo da Vinci are being shown in a travelling exhibition across the US.

Titled Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion, theexpo is currently based in Nebraska, US, where it will run until May 9.

Created by scientists and crafts workers from da Vinci's native Florence, Italy, theexhibition promises a rare opportunity to see the Italian polymath'splans accurately realised.

The full-scale machines have been constructed using 15th century tools and materials, mostly wood,faithful to Da Vinci's original notebooks and ideas.

These ideas continue to inspire other great minds -including Bill Gates, Microsoft founder and billionaire, whose collection includes the coveted Codex Leicester.

Gates purchased Da Vinci's famous collection of works for a record 19m, which he then scanned and distributed digitally.

Codex Leicester Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester, last bought for 19m (click to enlarge)

Da Vinci's legacy is such that, in 2009, a painting newly suspected tobeauthored by him wasstraightaway given a projected value of 100m.

Excitement surrounded the portrait,A Young Girl in Profile in Renaissance Dress, after a Paris laboratory claimed to have detected a Da Vinci fingerprint on its surface.

The painting was last sold in 1998, for $19,000.

Meanwhile, the Leonardo da Vinci Machines in Motion expo's nextvenue is the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana, from May 29-Sept 6.

Otherwise, devotees of da Vinci can still pay a visit to his most iconic work, the Mona Lisain Paris.The masterpiecehelped draw 8.5m visitors tocity's Louvre Museum in 2009.

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