Painter, sculptor, architect, anatomist, astronomer, botanist, mathematician (deep breath), engineer, inventor, historian, musician … suffice it to say that Leonardo da Vinci had one of the most brilliant minds in history. And from now through Jan. 8, Science Museum Oklahoma wants to take you inside it.
Billed as “the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created,” the exhibition Da Vinci – The Genius includes reproductions of numerous works of art, anatomical sketches, animated presentations of the creation of famous works like “The Last Supper” and “Vitruvian Man,” touch-screen versions of the scientist’s actual notebooks and even life-sized reproductions of some of his inventions set up so visitors can pull levers and turn cranks to see how they work. Plus, there’s an extensive – and completely fascinating – section dedicated to engineer Pascal Cotte’s recent scientific examination of the “Mona Lisa” and the knowledge he gleaned from it.
“This exhibition was created by Grande Exhibitions to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s great works and place them all together in a single location where people can come and marvel at the brilliance of this great mind,” said Clint Stone, director of education and training at Science Museum Oklahoma. “We’re delighted to bring this exceptional project to Oklahoma City.”
You don’t have to be a genius yourself to be enthralled by the wonders on display in this special experience … but seeing it would be the intelligent course. For museum hours, prices or more information, visit sciencemuseumok.org or call 602.3760.