Emdad Rahman: Now all one needs to gain access to the vast genius of Leonardo da Vinci is modern technology. The Italian geniuses hidden secrets are now accessible to each and everyone through the mere click of a finger.
The renowned legend of the Renaissance is in full flow as Leonardo3 ― The World of Leonardo delves deep into the world of da Vinci. Whilst embracing the use of modern technology the exhibition in Milan relives da Vinci’s awe inspiring machines using amazing reconstructions which take visitors on a mesmerising futuristic journey using interactive experiences.
The World of Leonardo is an incredible exhibit featuring world premieres and discoveries resulting from unprecedented studies on the work of da Vinci. And there more - scale models of Leonardo's inventions and machines with state-of-the-art touch screens enabling visitors to "turn the pages" of Leonardo's personal notebooks (Codex Atlanticus, Codex on Flight and Manuscript B), as well as showing the master’s artworks pre and post restoration (Mona Lisa and The Last Supper).
The exhibition brings to life dozens of Leonardo's inventions, visions and concepts, including his gigantic flying machines, "automobile", robots, musical instruments, weapons of war and mechanical devices, which foreshadowed modern technology.
Highlights of the new exhibit include the Great Kite, which is considered his "definitive" flying machine, as well as the world's first working prototype of his Self-Propelled Cart, and the first physical models of his Mechanical Bat and Mechanical Lion, or the only playing model of the Harpsichord-Viola among others. All of the models in the exhibit are premieres not present in other exhibitions or the correct interpretations of what as been made wrong by others.
All the exhibit is fully interactive thanks to avant-garde, touch screen technologies based on three dimensional, high-definition graphics and animations.
Da Vinci had a simple wish that his mesmerising inventions and designs would be accessible to the masses. His deep desire was for his mesmerising machines to be accessible and be used for everyday purposes, be it engineering, plumbing, mechanics, art or war. The incredible and intriguing designs for these machines are all collected in the Codex Atlanticus, the largest and most precious codex of all. Now, for the first time in history, the Codex Atlanticus is accessible to the general public. Through the technology of high resolution digital photography, it is now possible to present the pages of the Codex on interactive stations, giving visitors the opportunity to discover Leonardo’s machines for themselves.
Leonardo3 is now established as a world market leader in exclusive exhibitions and publications on the grand genius of da Vinci. Exhibitions are the result of extensive and thorough investigation by a rigorous research team who investigate and develop never-seen-before machines.
The exhibitions was dynamic are “dynamic” rather than “static” and there is extensive use of 3D animations, physical models and interactive software to offer the public a unique level of interaction and a hands-on “edutainment” experience.
I was able to experience for myself a digital restoration of the Last Supper, to the reconstruction of his Crossbow, his Time Machine and his concept of the Ideal City. The electronic reconstructions were simply brilliant and like a school boy I spent a large space amount examining this feature of the exhibition.
There is no doubt that globally Leonardo da Vinci is hailed as a genius of the highest order. Da Vinci is a golden example of an artist and scientist combined to flourish and be celebrated during a period of great enlightenment. It is precisely for this very reason that within one physical body a formidable scientific brain and master artist blossomed and thrived, hence Da Vinci’s outstanding works of inventions are also acknowledged to be works of art.