Arts and Science Museum of Noah
presents a display on the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo was the epitome of the term "Renaissance Man". He was skilled in many fields, including mathematics, botany, and engineering, but he is most famous for his artistic ability and his inventions. At our exhibit you will get to see da Vinci's most famous inventions and artworks, such as the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man and countless inventions he sketched in his notebooks.
The Mona Lisa
Yes, we have THAT Mona Lisa! The world's most famous painting is at our museum! Just don't tell the French we took it, or else we could be in some big trouble. Da Vinci started the Mona Lisa around 1503. It is most likely the portrait of a wealthy Florentine merchants wife. Only the wealthy people could afford to have their portraits taken. The portrait was never delivered to the customer, however and Da Vinci kept with him. Ever since Da Vinci painted it, the Mona Lisa has inspired and amazed many. So much so that in 1911 it was stolen from the museum for which it was being showed. It was found in a hotel room in Florence two years later.
The Last Supper
I know you're probably wondering how we got the Last Supper in our showing, and I can tell you it wasn't easy. We had to remove the entire wall and transport it over here. As you can tell some people weren't too happy, but we are happy to bring it to you. Leonardo Da Vinci was commissioned by the Duke of Milan to paint a wall as a part of a church renovation. The scene Da Vinci depicts in his painting is the scene when Jesus announced to his 12 Disciples that one of them was going to betray him. Although many major restorations have been applied to the painting, a majority of the original painting is gone.
We have the pleasure to present you the Vitruvian Man, and drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci. Public showings of the drawing are rare, as this drawing is on paper, which does not withstand the test of time well at all. The drawing is based on ancient architect Vitruvius's correlation of ideal human proportions in his Book III of De Achitectura. This drawing shows Leonardo's understanding of the human body and a blend of art and science.
Notes and inventions
Not only was Da Vinci a prolific painter, he was also a brilliant inventor. He has over 13,000 pages of notes and drawings. He had drafts of wings for human flight, shoes for walking on water and even a drawing similar to the modern tank. Most of these drawings had been distributed to Da Vinci's friends and have found their way into museums and collections.
Leonardo Da Vinci's Tank