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Leonardo da Vinci, European genius

From August 18 to al March 15 2008

The Italian Pavilion, realized and supported by the Italian Ministry for Foreign Affairs through the Government Commission for the International Exhibition in Zaragoza 2008, also hosted the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan. The Pavilion was located in the "Ebro" area, the most scenic one visible from all other Expo sectors.

The Museum was present at the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. The European Genius”, at Koekelberg Basilica– Brussels (Belgium), with 15 historic models, some of which restored on purpose and chosen for their particular monumentality.

Works on loan

Works given on loan by the Museum belong in particular to the fields of flight and war engineering.
Here is the list of the 15 models, sorted according to the subject

Flying Machines

Flying ship Flying ship Glider with manoeuvrable tips Glider with manoeuvrable tips Flapping-wing machine with a vertical bearing Flapping-wing machine with a vertical bearing Leaf-spring engine for flying machine Leaf-spring engine for flying machine Parachute Parachute

Military engineering
Paddle Boat Paddle Boat Split-trail gun carriage Split-trail gun carriage Giant crossbow Giant crossbow Sling to hurl stones Sling to hurl stones Armoured car Armoured car Temporary bridge on a double row of trestles Temporary bridge on a double row of trestles

Large drop-bottom crane Large drop-bottom crane Machine for making ropes Machine for making ropes Odometer Odometer

The exhibition hosting the works

The exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. The European Genius”, housed in the Koekelberg Basilica – Brussels (Belgium), gathers the most original pictures and drawings, codex, models and inventions derived from Leonardo da Vinci’s investigations in every field of scientific knowledge.
Realized in the framework of the celebrations for the 50th anniversary from the Treaty of Rome that marked the beginning of the European Community, the exhibition is located on a 3.000 m² surface, and revolves around 4 topics: the man, the artist, the engineer and the humanist.

The man

The exhibition starts by presenting the Man and the different stages of his life. Following Leonardo’s track, visitors discover the village where he was born, Vinci, his childhood spent in Tuscany, his growing interest for science and nature. There are also some references to his apprenticeship as a painter with the greatest masters of Florence, as well as his journeys to Rome, Venice, the Adriatic coast until he left Italy for the Loire Valley where, under the protection of the King of France, he was able to devote himself to his investigations in the context of Clos Lucé.

The artist

Leonardo da Vinci is a painter, a sculptor and an architect at the same time. The exhibition presents the artist’s work through his numerous masterpieces, and also through several new videos. The visitor discovers the architectural projects, treatises, the investigations of human body proportions and the quality of Leonardo’s drawings.

The engineer

Leonardo da Vinci’s technological work remains unique, due to its extent and its empirical dimension. His extraordinary machines are practical applications, which were designed starting from simple and basic principles, derived from the observation of nature.
His researches can be applied to different fields, from hydraulic to civil engineering. This overall view of his machines’ anatomy allows us to understand how his main inventions work.

The humanist

The section focuses on the exceptional documents that Leonardo left us, with particular reference to his prodigious anatomical sheets and mirror writing. Visitors are given the chance to discover his famous codex, in which research and dissemination of knowledge are given a lot of value. This is a real “will” by Leonardo, rich of drawings, notes, enigmas and mysteries. From the Forster to the Atlanticus, the exhibition presents for the first time all the different codex together.

Leonardo da Vinci, European genius

From August 18 to al March 15 2008

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