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Da Vinci -- The Genius Visits Museum of Science, Boston

October 25, 2016

On October 23, 2016, the Museum of Science unveiled Da Vinci - The Genius, the most comprehensive traveling exhibition created on Leonardo da Vinci. It explores his world-changing innovations in the arts, engineering, science, medicine, and design. Life-size interpretations of his inventions and studies of his art immerse visitors in Leonardo's work as painter, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, and architect.

The exhibition features over 200 pieces including full-scale recreations of inventions and animations of da Vinci's Renaissance works. Visitors interact with many displays for a hands-on understanding of the science and engineering behind them. For "Secrets of Mona Lisa," French scientist Pascal Cotte (photo right) was allowed to take "Mona Lisa" out of its frame to do an analysis revealing dozens of secrets illustrated by super-magnified, high-resolution sectional images.

"Leonardo was a visionary who was ahead of his time," says Museum president Ioannis Miaoulis. "He had a remarkable mind, an insatiable curiosity, and the ability to conceive, design, and construct tools. This exhibition embodies the connection between creativity, critical thinking, and problem-solving that is at the heart of the Museum's mission. These STEM skills are vital to today's students and tomorrow's innovators."

Developed with the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome, Italy, and experts in Italy and France, Da Vinci - The Genius offers an incomparable look at the ultimate "Renaissance Man," who laid the groundwork for some of modern society's most significant inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, and bicycle. The inventions brought to life for this exhibition were crafted by Italian artisans, many using techniques and materials available in the 15th and 16th centuries. Scouring da Vinci's personal codices, the artisans unravelled clues, exposed intentional mistakes, and deciphered the mirror-image writing he used to protect his work.

The exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions, under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia and with the assistance of Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technologies, France. Da Vinci - The Genius is included with regular Exhibit Halls admission. Visit www.mos.org. (Photo courtesy: Grande Exhibitions)

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The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500   information@mos.org