Singapore Welcomes Worlds Most Extensive Exhibition on Leonardo Da Vinci
Highly Acclaimed exhibition of legendary genius on show at Science Centre Singapore
Da Vinci The Genius - is the most comprehensive travelling exhibition ever created on Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci The Genius showcases the full scope of Leonardo Da Vincis remarkable career as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. The exhibition, which took 10 years to complete, features close to 200 exhibits with over 70 full-scale machine inventions crafted from Da Vincis personal codices (notebooks), as well as reproductions of his most famous Renaissance art, including the Mona Lisa, Virgin of the Rocks, and The Annunciation, amazing anatomical sketches, the preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, and three-dimensional interactive presentations of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer unprecedented insights on these famous works.
Dr Chew Tuan Chiong, Chief Executive of the Science Centre Singapore, said, Da Vinci is a household name, familiar to people across all ages and countries. Such is the enduring fame of a brilliant thinker who shaped the world of science through the ages. Were thrilled to host the records of his achievements at the Science Centre, to demonstrate to Singaporeans how science transcends all boundaries to be intricately linked to all aspects of life from art and music to buildings and airplanes.
A highlight of the exhibition is the Secrets of Mona Lisa Revealed, a display from Paris that showcases the work of French engineer Pascal Cotte. His life-long passion for the study and preservation of the Mona Lisa led him to invent the cutting edge 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, which uses patented infrared technology and intense illumination to scan the painting and virtually peel away layers of varnish applied over centuries. With his camera, Cotte was able to uncover how the Mona Lisa looked as she was originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation even identifying the individual pigments that Da Vinci used. His amazing revelations are presented in gallery style and in super size, high resolution prints, with the largest being the 14ft x 10ft giant infra-red print of Mona Lisa.
Most of what is known about Da Vincis scientific ideas comes from his codices. Of the minimum 24,000 pages he is believed to have originally penned, only about 6,000 remain intact today. In his codices, he wrote and drew about geometry, engineering, fauna and flora, mathematics, physics and philosophy. He created incredibly detailed anatomical sketches, and engineered extremely innovative designs for buildings and mechanical devices, most of which were never actually built while Da Vinci was alive.
Under the direction of Modesto Veccia, President of the Anthropos Association and Curator and Founder of Il Genio di Leonardo Da Vinci Museo in Rome, a cadre of Italian artisans spent the last decade studying and interpreting Da Vincis codices and crafting the machine inventions contained in the exhibition. Whenever possible, they have used techniques and materials of 15th century Italy, including wood, cotton, brass, iron, canvas and chord.
The many components on display in the 20,000-square-foot space in the Science Centre are intended to delight patrons of all ages. The inventions on display will focus on the following themes: Physics & Mechanical Principles, Civil Machines, Flight Studies Machines, Military Machines, Hydraulic Machines and Musical Instruments. Among the many inventions found in Da Vincis codices, on display will be his visions for the glider, parachute, the precursor to the modern helicopter, the bicycle, forerunner to the modern military tank, automobile, submarine, ball bearing and gear systems, among many other amazing inventions that were far ahead of their time.