I managed to see Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius at the Science Museum and absolutely loved it. While everyone knows da Vinci is quite the artist, many don’t know the genius the man truly was. This exhibition is a delightful showing of his engineering talents which I have to be honest, I didn’t appreciate before.
The exhibition starts with a small insight into the comparison from their last da Vinci exhibition in 1952 including a model of a ‘Boring Machine’ (my personal favourite as love the title!)
The exhibition has 39 models of da Vinci’s inventions – some you need to see to believe (flying machine or webbed gloves for divers anyone?). The one main takeaway I learned was he looked to nature for his inspiration. Read the rest of this entry »Tags: da Vinci, London, Museum, Science Museum
March 11th, 2012Culture
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery organized Exploring Leonardo Study Day as part of the Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci: A Diamond Jubilee Celebration exhibition. The day saw four leading experts speak on Leonardo’s strategies for innovation in art, the pitfalls of working with him, da Vinci’s anatomical studies and the work that went into restoring the famous Leonardo cartoon at the National Gallery following its damage in a shotgun attack in 1987.Tags: art, BM_AG, da Vinci, Study day
January 22nd, 2012Culture
Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery had the honour of being the first stop on the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Celebration to showcase the Ten Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci.
As you walk into the dedicated room you’re immediately aware you’re in the presence of greatness. I do not consider myself anything more than an art ‘fan’ but I was able to feel the power of da Vinci from the first drawing I saw ‘Designs for chariots and other weapons’ c 1485 Pen and ink with wash. While the theme was weapons, you didn’t even notice the topic as your eyes are drawn to the movement of the horses and where they were going in their movements. Your eyes then slowly move, following the lines to innovative concept weapons da Vinci created.Tags: BM_AG, da Vinci