In pictures: Leonardo da Vinci – The Mechanics of Genius

A man often remembered as one of history’s greatest painters, Leonardo da Vinci’s talents as an inventor and draughtsman are often overlooked in favour of masterpieces such as The Last Supper and the Mona Lisa. In February, however, London’s Science Museum is launching an exhibition that focuses on the mechanical drawings that demonstrated da Vinci’s radical approach to the challenges of flight, manufacturing and war

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius, Science Museum. © EPPDCSI - Ph Levy

The interactive exhibition, which is divided into five themes, takes a selection of machines drawn by da Vinci and reinterprets them in 3D form. The 39 models on show, which include flying machines, diving apparatus and weapons, were made in Milan in 1952 to celebrate the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s birth.  

The exhibition also features large-scale reproductions of da Vinci’s famous drawings and sketches, as well as interactive games and multimedia installations.

Here, we give you a sneak preview of the exhibition...

© EPPDCSI - Ph Levy

 

© EPPDCSI - Ph Levy

 

© EPPDCSI - Ph Levy

 

Flying airship. © Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci – Alessandro Nassiri

 

Parachute. © Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci – Alessandro Nassiri

 

Self-propelled cart. © Archivio Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci – Alessandro Nassiri

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius opens at the Science Museum, London on 10 February 2016 and will run until 4 September. To find out more, click here.

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