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Da Vinci The Exhibition Pays Tribute to True Renaissance Man

Feb 28, 2019 08:13PM ● By North Hills Monthly magazine

Da Vinci was fascinated with the study of flight.

Sometimes, you just don’t get the recognition you deserve. 

Despite the fact that Leonardo Da Vinci was roundly disregarded by most scholars during his lifetime, his art and his inventions have stood the test of time. So much so, in fact, that today we consider Da Vinci to be one of the greatest painters that ever lived, and we still use many of the machines that he invented during the Renaissance in our modern-day life.

It’s amazing to realize how many of these items were either invented by—or improved upon—by Da Vinci. Take the pulley, for example. Or the helicopter. Or the parachute, clock, scuba suit and armored tank. The list is long, and it’s quite impressive to find out just how much of a hand he had in art, flight, hydraulics, music and more.

At Da Vince The Exhibition, on display now at the Carnegie Science Center, visitors can learn more about all of the genius’ inventions, and see 60 life-sized reproductions of his creations. What’s fascinating is that while Da Vinci drew all of these ideas, he never built any of them. And builders at the time might have been hard-pressed to complete them as well—Da Vinci used what is termed the “poor man’s patent,” leaving key details out of his drawings so that his ideas remained his own.

In addition to the reproductions, more than 20 detailed art replicas are on display showcasing Da Vinci’s incredible talent as a painter. The exhibition includes the Mona Lisa, St. John the Baptist, Madonna Litta and of course, The Last Supper. It’s quite impressive to see that tempera painting at full-size; measuring approximately 15 x 30 feet, it mimics the actual painting which was created in the dining hall of the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan.

Children will appreciate the many hands-on stations throughout the exhibit, as well as the chance to create their own artwork and inventions. The exhibition runs through Sept. 2, 2019, and timed tickets are available at