Must-see highlights at Da Vinci, The Exhibition
You don’t have to be a fan of The Da Vinci Code (2003) to explore the life and achievements of Italian artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Science Centre Singapore’s newest exhibition, Da Vinci, The Exhibition, brings the polymath’s knowledge, inventions and innovations to life.
The exhibition, which is on until 2 Jan next year, features more than 50 life-size replicas of da Vinci’s inventions in engineering, physics, hydraulics and music, and 15 reproductions of his most acclaimed art sketches and paintings.
Here are five highlights to catch at the exhibition:
Replica of the Mona Lisa
Travelling to Paris might be off the cards for now, but you can get up close with a replica of da Vinci’s best known and most photographed painting in the world, the Mona Lisa. Painted between 1503 to 1505, the Mona Lisa is a testament to da Vinci’s impeccable artistic skills, and it has become an archetypal masterpiece of the Italian Renaissance.
Sketch of an automatic mechanical drum
The artist demonstrates how creativity knows no bounds with this detailed sketch for an automatic beating drum. The drum is designed to be wheeled into battle and to play a percussive rhythm as the cart it is on is drawn. The sound is meant to mimic that of multiple drums playing a complex rhythm, and fool the enemy into believing their opponent has more soldiers than in reality. A model of the design is also on display in the exhibition.
Da Vinci’s anatomical sketches
Be enthralled by da Vinci’s famous anatomical studies. He often used the golden ratio, also known as the divine proportion, in his anatomical drawings, including that of the iconic Vitruvian Man, which reflects the human body’s proportional basis.
Sketch of the aerial screw
The aerial screw was conceived by da Vinci in 1493, as he was very intrigued by the flight of birds, and wanted to invent a flight mechanism for man. This invention consists of a spinning linen screw that compresses air to induce flight. Although this machine never took flight during da Vinci’s lifetime, his design of the fast-turning screw is considered a predecessor of the modern helicopter. A model of the aerial screw is also on display at the exhibition.
Reconstructed replica of The Last Supper
Before you leave the exhibition room, feast your eyes on this larger-than-life replica of the famed mural, The Last Supper, which depicts the last meal of Jesus before his crucifixion. The original mural, painted between 1492 to 1498, is on a wall in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.
Learn more about Da Vinci, The Exhibition here.
(Photos: Claudio Chock for the A List, Science Centre Singapore)