Da Vinci - The Genius, Traveling Exhibition

Da Vinci – The Genius, Traveling Exhibition

Da Vinci - The Genius

There are only a handful of people in the history of mankind who were masters of art, science, engineering, and music. We celebrate those who are gifted in any one of these disciplines, but sometimes a person is able to master several of these areas of wisdom. Leonardo Da Vinci was such a person and because of the breadth of his wisdom, he is indisputably considered a genius. The Traveling exhibition Da Vinci – The Genius is the most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo Da Vinci to tour the world.  The full range of Da Vinci’s genius as an artist, scientist, inventor, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor, and philosopher is on display. If you are interested in any of these fields, you simply must visit this exhibit.

Italian artisans carefully studied Leonardo’s codices, and using the notes and designs written by the master himself they were able to craft interactive and life-sized machine inventions. Some of these include the first concepts of a car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute, SCUBA, submarine, and  military tank. The exhibit is  large and varied and has something to offer each member of your family.

I visited the exhibit at the Arizona Science Center with my two kiddos and my young cousin.  I was not sure if they would enjoy the exhibit since they are all elementary-aged children. However, by the time we left they wanted to see more. A lot of the exhibit is strictly hands-off, however there is a section of hands-on machines that the kiddos just loved. The entire machine portion of the exhibit was fascinating and I especially loved seeing the replicas of the flying machines Da Vinci designed.

Da Vinci - The Genius

The next section of the exhibit focused on Da Vinci’s military engineering genius and this was fascinating to us because we are a military family. Although Da Vinci was a  pacifist, he did live in a time of war and he designed several military weapons and prototypes. I found the tank especially interesting.

Da Vinci - The Genius

Da Vinci is probably best known as an artist and several reproductions of his work are displayed in the exhibit.  I really liked the newly discovered painting shown below next to the Madonna.

Da Vinci - The Genius

Of course Da Vinci’s most famous work is the Mona Lisa and it is displayed in rare form via the world exclusive Secrets of the Mona Lisa. This section of the exhibit was my favorite and you must see it to fully appreciate it.

Da Vinci -The Genius

This is the best exhibit I have seen in a long time. I will be going back at least once before the exhibit leaves Arizona. If you have the chance to see this exhibit, make sure you do. Da Vinci – The Genius was created by Grande Exhibitions, with the assistance of the Anthropos Foundation, Italy, and Pascal Cotte, France. I was provided complimentary tickets to visit the exhibit to make this review possible. All opinions are my own.

Da Vinci - The Genius

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  1. Debra Wagner says

    Wow, I wish I could have come!!

  2. I get to go today! I am so excited! Now I know what to expect!! 🙂

  3. I love art and experiencing it like this is quite awesome! What a great way to get the kids interested in the fine arts.

  4. I also love art and know my family would really enjoy visiting!

  5. Davinci was RIDICULOUS. Usually people are only left or right brain skilled – he was clearly BOTH!

  6. Debra Wagner says

    That looks so wonderful! I sure hopr it comes through Missouri so I can go see it too! The kids and YOU must have had alot of fun.

  7. Maria Iemma says

    We are very thankful to live near NYC and we get to go to the museums every summer and view the art collections. Davinci is one of my favorites along with Degas.

  8. Great exhibition! Would love to take the kids!

  9. Maria Iemma says

    I love art and wish that it was close to me – My older grandkids would have enjoyed it too. DaVinci was so very talented. I also love Monet paintings

  10. md kennedy says

    I’ve seen this exhibit twice already and would go again. Great recommendation!

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