Leonardo Da Vinci: Science before Science

Leonardo da Vinci, Filatoio con fuso ad alette mobili, 1495. Codice Atlantico f 1090v. Milano, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ©Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Mondadori Portfolio-f1090v

Scuderie del Quirinale pays tribute to Da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death 

What do inventors do before they create amazing machines and advances in technology? They draw. The beauty of a genius’s mind can only be captured through his or her sketches. While they consider and calculate every possibility, designers like Leonardo da Vinci create functioning masterpieces. At the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome, you can now witness 10 of da Vinci’s original sketches, various models of his designs, and some functioning pieces that he created.

To honor the 500-year anniversary of da Vinci’s death, the Scuderie del Quirinale partnered with the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci” di Milano and the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana to create this astonishing exhibition.

Leonardo da Vinci, Chiusa a porte battenti, 1506-1508. Codice Atlantico f 656r. Milano, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ©Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Mondadori Portfolio-f30v.jpg-f656r

Curated by Claudio Giorgione of the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia “Leonardo da Vinci,” the exhibition houses the precious drawings, original artefacts, historical models and manuscripts, and the only book with da Vinci’s hand-written notes.

Walking through the exhibition, you are guided through the life of da Vinci and the development of this genius. From his experience in completing the Dome of Florence, to his studies in Milan, to his book Codius Atlanticus, to his flying machines, and even his revered paintings, you can now see the world through da Vinci’s eyes.

Leonardo da Vinci, Chiusa a porte battenti, 1506-1508. Codice Atlantico f 656r. Milano, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, ©Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana/Mondadori Portfolio-f30v.jpg-f656r

What’s more, the exhibition highlights how da Vinci’s creations did not end with him. Many of the models displayed convey how the innovator inspired other architects and inventors to perfect the designs that he so carefully developed. To continue your exploration of da Vinci’s mind, the museum has also partnered with other organizations throughout the city to provide an immersive experience. Here is a list of their upcoming events:

Teatro Argentina
Saturday March 23 at 11 a.m.
Leonardo and the Unity of Knowledge: An Introduction to the Exhibition

Biblioteca Angelica
Wednesday April 10 at 6 p.m.
The Collective Knowledge: From Leonardo, Pioneer of Modern Scientific Thought, to Wikipedia.

Villa Medici
Wednesday April 17 at 6 p.m.
Making Visible the Action of the Elements: Leonardo and the Landscape.

Liceo E.Q. Visconti – Wunder Museum
Tuesday May 14 at 6 p.m.
The Science of Art: Instruments, Machines and Wonders

Accademia di San Luca
Thursday May 23 at 6:30 p.m.
How to Create a Myth: Leonardo and the Salvador Mundi

Till June 30th, 2019

Scuderie del Quirinale

Via XXIV Maggio, 16 (Monti)

Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-8pm; Fri-Sat 10am-10.30pm

Entry fee: €13 – 15

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