Leonardo da Vinci: Artist and Engineer
A tactile introduction to the creative mind of the most famous artist, architect, and mathematician of the Italian High Renaissance.
Focusing on the legendary Leonardo da Vinci’s engineering drawings and innovations, this exhibit closely examines his critical eye, inventive nature, and multidisciplinary expertise through a variety of his designs, from construction devices and war machines, to flying apparatuses.
Gallery Surface Area
2,000 to 5,000 sq. ft.
One-way, inbound; paid by host venue
All include English text and voiceover. Multi-language functionality is available upon request. Text can be converted by host venue.
Step inside the exhibit
Explore the 20 multisensory tactile prints and large-format photographs included in the exhibit.
'Drawing of an Armoured Tank', ca 1485. Found in the collection of British Museum. Artist : Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). (Photo by Fine Art Images/Heritage Images/Getty Images).
‘Giant Crossbow’, 1480-1485 (1954). Codex Atlanticus, 53v-b. A print from ‘Leonardo da Vinci’ by Ludwig H Heydenreich. (London, 1954). (Photo by The Print Collector/Print Collector/Getty Images).
‘Drawing of Flying Vehicles’ by Leonardo Da Vinci. Undated.
‘A Chariot Armed with Scythes, Two Drawings of a Sort of Tank and a Partisan', c1480 (1945). From ’The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci’. [Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1945]. Artist Leonardo da Vinci. (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images).
'Detail Showing Theories of Projectile Motion' from Codex Leicester by Leonardo da Vinci.
‘A Large Wheel Which Revolves and Fires Four Crossbows in Succession and a Sketch for the Same', c1480 (1945). From ’The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci’. [Reynal & Hitchcock, New York, 1945]. Artist Leonardo da Vinci. (Photo by Print Collector/Getty Images).
Leonardo Da Vinci engineering drawing from 1503 on textured background.
'Mortars Discharging Explosive Shells and Shrapnel', Leonardo da Vinci, late 15th century, (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images).
'Page from Leonardo da Vinci Notebook Illustrating the Excavation of a Canal', c 1490, (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images).
'Sketch from Leonardo da Vinci's Notebook', 15th century, (Photo by SSPL/Getty Images)
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