Tuesday, 13 February 2007

South Australia Museum - The Da Vinci Machines

The Inventions and Designs of a Genius

Drawings left behind by Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci nearly 500 years ago have been transformed into a stunning exhibition of models that will be displayed at the South Australian Museum this summer.

The Da Vinci Machines, an exhibition developed by Italian artisans Teknoart, gives insight into the mind of Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was a polymath, architect, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, inventor, mathematician, musician and painter. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time and a universal genius.Leonardo conceived ideas way ahead of his own time, such as the concept of the helicopter and the tank: both featured in the exhibition.

Relatively few of Leonardo’s designs were feasible during his lifetime as metallurgy and engineering were in their infancy during the Renaissance, so many remained as drawings and concepts.

Divided into the themes of flight, war, hydraulics and mechanics, the exhibition takes visitors through 40 different designs, many of them bearing striking resemblance to machines in use today.

In the ETSA Utilities Gallery 16 December 2006 to 12 March 2007
Cost: Adults $12, Children $7, Concession $8, Family $28
For information about the exhibtion including advance ticket sales call 8207 7377 or 8207 7575 during office hours.
Advance tickets can also be purchased from the Museum Shop which is open
seven days a week 10am to 4.45pm on 8207 7370.
For information about bringing a school group to the exhibtion call 8207 7429 during office hours.

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