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Exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci. The Mechanics of man"

The Museum contributed to the Vancouver exhibition with three 3D animations interpreting some historic models derived from the drawings by Leonardo, which enable visitors to understand how machines work.


The exhibition

Vancouver Art Gallery organized the temporary exhibition ''Leonardo da Vinci. The mechanics of the man''. The exhibition is focused on the artistic and scientific investigations carried out by Leonardo on human body. It is realized in association with the Windsor Royal Collection.
With this exhibition, The Vancouver Art Gallery wishes to place the artist’s anatomical researches in the wider context of Italian Renaissance, emphasizing Leonardo’s interest in “human mechanics”, linked to his research in the field of engineering, architecture, hydraulics and water flowing.

Some historic models derived from Leonardo’s drawings were interpreted through 3D animations, which allow to grasp how machines work. The Museum contributes to the Vancouver exhibition with three 3D animations.


3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Machine for carving files" model

This is one of the first machine tools designed by Leonardo when he was still in Florence. It is built to be completely automatic. Thanks to a gear system, the gradual fall of a weight causes the movement of a cutting hammer which carves the file. At the same time a worm screw moves the file. An external wheel recharges the drum around which is rolled the rope supporting the weight.


3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Hydraulic saw” model

This mechanical saw works with hydraulic energy. Thanks to a complex system of cog-wheels, which combines the rod and crank with the pawl mechanism, the hydraulic wheel transmits the alternated motion to the saw and to the trolley transporting the logs. This is synchronized to move forward one unit at the time. The functioning of the saw is thus made as automatic as possible.


3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Winch for lifting weights” model

Leonardo, in his drawings, described a winch that can transform the alternated motion of a lever in the continuous circular motion of a shaft. Each movement of the lever activates one of the toothed rims, which is then blocked by the corresponding wheel by two spring teeth. The two toothed rims alternate in transmitting the movement produced by the lever. The shaft, which can only rotate in one direction, prevents the fall of the weight and facilitates the lifting.

Information

Leonardo da Vinci.
The Mechanics of man

6 February - 2 March 2010
Vancouver Art Gallery
750 Hornby Street, Vancouver
BC V6Z 2H7
Info: 604.662.4719
www.vanartgallery.bc.ca



3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s "Machine for carving files" model


3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Hydraulic saw” model


3D simulation of Leonardo da Vinci’s “Winch for lifting weights” model

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