Exhibitions in Brussels #2 The Bourse
I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do. Leonardo da Vinci
When most people hear the name Leonardo da Vinci they think of the Mona Lisa or The Last Supper. But da Vinci was much more than a painter. He was a sculptor, engineer, geologist and mapmaker. He was a musician and a mathematician, architect and anatomist, botanist and writer; and he was a prolific inventor.
Many of his thoughts were recorded in a collection of codices; small notebooks filled with his drawings, theories and ideas. It is the contents of these codices which formed the basis of the exhibition “Da Vinci – The Genius”, on display at The Bourse in Brussels last year.
Following the information da Vinci recorded in the codices Italian craftsmen have constructed more than 120 full size interactive recreations of his inventions and machines. They used tools, methods and materials which would have been available in the 15th century. Models of da Vinci’s inventions – flying machines, a bicycle and even a tank complete with cannon, filled the beautiful rooms of the Bourse, Brussel’s old Stock Exchange.
The exhibition also featured replicas of the codices and animations telling the stories behind the Vitruvian Man and the Mona Lisa. The findings of a scientific examination of the famous painting by French engineer Pascal Cotte are detailed in the “Secrets of Mona Lisa”.
Among his 25 discoveries were the lady’s eyelashes and eyebrows, lightly painted in with single brushstrokes, and delicate lacework on her dress.
At any time there are several “Da Vinci – The Genius” exhibitions in major cities around the world; at the moment they are in Nuremberg in Germany, Johannesburg in South Africa, Tel Aviv in Israel and Kolding in Denmark. If one comes to your city, don’t miss it!