Da Vinci’s 'inventions' on exhibition
Dubai, July 15, 2013
About 40 life-size machines, reproductions of Leonardo Da Vinci’s original designs featured in the Da Vinci Code, are on display at an exhibition in the Grand Atrium of the Dubai Mall.
The exhibition entitled ‘Leonardo Da Vinci - The Genius and His Inventions’ has been organised by the Embassy of Italy in Abu Dhabi, the Consulate General in Dubai and the Dubai Mall, from July 13 to August 15.
It focuses on Da Vinci’s contribution to technology, highlighting the ingenuity of the famous Italian, who was also a world class painter and sculptor.
Genius started reproducing the full-scale machines based on the 15th century designs of Da Vinci a few years ago in Rome, said a statement.
The machines were built and glued together using wood, cords and ropes and each model is accompanied by descriptive panels with reproductions of Da Vinci’s original drawings, it said.
The machines and the devices are grouped into four sections: air, water, earth, and fire. An application called ‘Leonardo - Il Genio e le Invenzioni’ on iTunes explains the exhibits in detail in nine languages, it added.
Consul General Giovanni Favilli said: “Leonardo da Vinci is the most significant representative of the Italian Renaissance. By showing his inventions, we want to provide historical evidence of the everlasting Italian talent for innovation, creativity and engineering that continues today.”
The exhibition is permanently housed at Piazza della Cancelleria in Rome, while a part of it travels around the world, said the statement. - TradeArabia News Service
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