As part of the festivities for the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the Peruvian Ministry of Culture, the Italian Embassy in Lima and the Italian Cultural Institute of Lima present the multimedia exhibition “The Da Vinci Experience”.
The innovative format of the exhibition takes visitors on an emotional journey through the works, designs and visions of the man who, more than any other, was able to interpret the anthropocentric ambitions of humanism, applying his genius to countless fields.
Today primarily renowned as a painter with the Mona Lisa being the most famous of his works, The Last Supper the most reproduced religious painting of all times, Salvator Mundi sold two years ago at an auction for the highest price ever paid for a work of art and the Vitruvian Man - a study of the proportions of the human body which links art and science in a single drawing - regarded as a cultural icon being reproduced on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts, Leonardo da Vinci displayed skills in numerous diverse areas of study including art, civil engineering, chemistry, geology, geometry, hydrodynamics, mathematics, mechanical engineering, optics, physics, pyrotechnics, and zoology.
He (conceptionally) invented flying machines, weapons of war, an armored fighting vehicle, the use of concentrated solar power, a parachute, a calculator, a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics, the double hull, a self-operating machine called automaton and the so-called Leonardo’s robot or mechanical knight, a diving suit, a self-propelled cart, a water lifting device and many, many more. He left us countless journals and notes displaying an enormous range of interests, discoveries and preoccupations.
A genius way ahead of his time.
The Da Vinci Experience pays homage to the entire work of the Italian polymath of the Renaissance. Images projected on the floor, walls and ceiling in a continuous loop tell an unprecedented story, approximately 35 minutes in length, accompanied by the surround sound of an enthralling original soundtrack. The exhibition infographics and video installations are enhanced by ten models of Leonardo’s machines on exhibit – life-size scale models – meticulously reproduced on the basis of the original designs made by the skilled Italian artisans of OMPSI. Outstanding among these, and particularly important is the large bicycle prototype.
A must for everyone.