On loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence , Italy , The DaVinci Machines and Michelangelo Side by Side Exhibition illustrates the startling genius of the two Renaissance masterminds. On display are DaVinci and Michelangelo’s most important inventions, paintings, original cast sculptures created directly from the Master’s works by the National Academy of Cast Making in Florence. The intention of the Exhibition is to provide visitors with an unparalleled experience by immersing the viewer into the lives of two of the world greatest artists that ever lived.
The DaVinci Exhibition contains over 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs and is the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo DaVinci.With over 60 machines on display, many of which are interactive, the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter and for the first time ever, the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion. This exhibition presents over 60 models grouped in themes: War machines, Flying machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines, as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics. The interactive machines are a popular aspect of each exhibition as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model.
Side by Side are Michelangelo’s sculptures, paintings and architecture. All of Michelangelo’s sculptures are actual, full size casts from the National Academy of Cast Making in Florence, Italy, Notable casts statues include the life size head of David, as well as the Pieta, whose depiction of Mary holding Jesus’ body grips the viewer with maternal grief. Elsewhere, visitors get up close to examine the details in his famed Sistine Chapel frescos. High-quality reproductions let guests gaze at The Creation of Adam in the sort of detail known only to professional restorers.
DaVinci’s Masterpieces on display are his licensed reproductions masterpieces framed to the exact size of the original artwork.
Discover Side by Side – DaVinci & Michelangelo
The Mona Lisa – The Pieta
The Vitruvian Man – The Statue of David
DaVinci’s Ideal City – Vatican City & St. Peter’s Dome
Last Supper – Sistine Chapel
Battle of Anghiari – Battle of Cascina
Check out these images from the exhibit here.
“Not everybody realizes DaVinci and Michelangelo were alive during the same time but were also bitter rivals,” explained Rodgers, “When discussing the Italian Renaissance you can’t talk about one without the other.”
This weekend my readers can get get in to see the exhibit for just $10. It’s a Back to School “Special Admission Rate.”
Just show them this page on your cell phone and get the $10.00 admission for this Saturday and Sunday August 1st and 2nd.
The exhibition will offer docent and self-guided tours. Docent guided tours are pre-scheduled and visitors can check the website or call for daily times. Self-guided tours require a smart device with Internet capabilities. Visitors who self guide should bring their own smart device and headphones. Docent and self-guided tours are included in the price of admission.
Adults are $18.95
Seniors (65+) and teachers (with school ID) are $16.95
Children 4-12 years old are $14.95
Children three and under are free with a paying adult
Parking is accessible at the public parking lot available at Perimeter Pointe. There is no charge for parking.
Monday-Friday 10am to 5pm
Saturday 10am to 9pm
Sunday 12 noon to 5pm
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