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Da Vinci in Denver

An exhibition on the Renaissance man comes to the Mile High City

Photos courtesy of Denver Museum of Nature & Science

Inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher. Although Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, his influence remains steadfast.

His extraordinary legacy comes to life in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius, opening at the Denver Museum of Nature & Science on March 1, 2019. 

Presented in Denver by the Sturm Family Foundation, the experience shows why the ultimate Renaissance man remains an inspiration. Museum guests will be introduced to da Vinci through replicas of his codices that were carefully re-created in Italy. These famous books of notes and sketches remain the primary insight to his genius.

The creators of the exhibition, Grande Exhibitions of Australia, in collaboration with Italian artisans, built some of Leonardo’s inventions using his detailed concepts. 

As guests examine more than 70 models, they will see how da Vinci's fundamental scientific and artistic principles continue to impact the world today. His inspiration laid the groundwork for many machines and devices, including the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute, SCUBA gear and military tank. 

The exhibition also features prints of da Vinci's artwork and the exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa, an analysis of the iconic painting conducted at the Louvre by scientific engineer and photographer Pascal Cotte. The display includes unique super-magnified examinations and the only 360-degree replica ever made of Mona Lisa. 

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