Science Museum presents major new Leonardo da Vinci exhibition



2015-11-26 10:34:56

A major new exhibition exploring the creations of Leonardo da Vinci is set to open at the Science Museum in London next year.

Along with his ability as a painter, da Vinci was also one of history's greatest mechanical artists, taking inspiration from the natural world around him to solve engineering problems with often radical ideas.

The interactive exhibition will take his remarkable draughtsmanship and recreate it in three dimensions, with detailed models based on his inventions – many of which foresaw aspects of the modern world by hundreds of years.

The exhibition will feature 40 historical models of Leonardo’s inventions including flying machines, diving equipment and weapons. These vintage models were all built in Milan in 1952, and originally displayed in an exhibition celebrating the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s birth.

Also amongst the exhibits will be large-scale reproductions of Leonardo’s famous drawings and sketches, along with 13 interactive games and 10 multimedia installations.

"Leonardo da Vinci is one of history’s greatest independent thinkers, whose determination to imagine the world anew inspired humankind for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come," said Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum.

"We hope this unique exhibition helps our visitors to understand more about his skilled and innovative approach to engineering and to be inspired to look afresh at the world around them."

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius opens at the Science Museum on February 10, and runs until September 4, 2016.

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