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Leonardo Reconstructed: From Art to Helicopters
August 29, 2012   
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Leonardo da Vinci: A Genius is the title of a new exhibition at the Palace of Culture and Science showcasing the legacy of the great Renaissance artist, scientist and visionary. The exhibition features reproductions of his famous paintings, 3D simulations of his boldest engineering projects and large models of flying machines he designed.

The exhibition reminds viewers about da Vinci’s accomplishments in painting, drawing, architecture, geology, astronomy and technology. Items on display include life-size reproductions of some of da Vinci’s most iconic paintings, including the Mona Lisa, Virgin on the Rocks, Adoration of the Magi and the Last Supper fresco, along with his famous anatomical sketches such as a cross-section of the human skull and studies of eyeballs, arm muscles and a human fetus. The exhibition also delivers a fascinating insight into the non-artistic side of da Vinci’s work. The archetype of the Renaissance Man, da Vinci also studied architecture, mechanics, engineering, mathematics and geology. His most intriguing projects in each of the fields are shown at an interactive computer station.

Three-dimensional models of machines designed by da Vinci show visitors what the devices could look like in motion. Hanging from the ceiling are reconstructed devices which were centuries ahead of their time, including wings operated by muscle power, helicopters, parachutes and even a device enabling people to breathe under water.

until Oct. 29
Palace of Culture and Science, 1 Defilad Sq.
2nd and 30th floors, open 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Tickets zl.20 (normal) and 15 (discount)
For information and to make a reservation, call 22 656-74-28
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