From April 7 to May 27, 2012

Con le macchine di Leonardo in 560 anni di genio
On Saturday 7 April, at 5 p.m., the Hermann Geiger Cultural Foundation will inaugurate the exhibition titled Da Vinci – With Leonardo’s Machines in 560 Years of Genius, staged at its exhibition hall in Corso Matteotti 47 in Cecina, Livorno.

The exhibition is mounted and promoted by the Geiger Foundation in collaboration with the Niccolai Laboratories of Florence and curated by the Art Director of the Foundation, Alessandro Schiavetti. The public will have the opportunity to admire the faithful 3D reconstructions of the most important projects of machines conceived, planned and improved by Leonardo in his codices.

A world-famous artist universally known for his pictorial masterpieces, Leonardo has also handed down to posterity a huge quantity of notes on arts and sciences which penetrate into the most varied fields of human knowledge.

The fifty models on show were created in the laboratory of the Niccolai familyLe Macchine di Leonardo da Vinci. The machines have been handcrafted on the basis of thorough scientific and academic studies. The materials used are those that could be available in the 15th century: wood, metal, ropes and fabrics.

The exhibition is organized into four sections, corresponding to Leonardo’s main fields of interest in terms of mechanical design. The first section is devoted to Flightand features pioneering projects such as the glider, the parachute and the aerial screw. The next part is devoted to Hydraulics, with the lifebuoy, the Archimedean screw and several models of ready-to-use movable bridges. A very fascinating section is related to War,with the renowned “tank”. Last but not least, the rich Mechanics section displays twenty-five civil machines which basically derive from the direct application of the mechanical principles studied or discovered by Leonardo himself: worm screws, lantern gears, helical and self-blocking mechanisms, pulleys, connecting rods, often combined into practical machines such as drills, digging machines, cranes and other weight-lifting systems. The public will have the opportunity to try simple machines.

The three-dimensional models are accompanied by the reproductions of Leonardo’s drawings and 3D animations created by architect Mirko Marini. The animations show how the models work following a multimedia, interactive approach. The exhibition ends with the projection of the docudrama Leonardo da Vinci: the Genius and his Time, produced by History Channel.

Geiger Foundation, Exhibition Hall, Corso Matteotti 47, Cecina (Livorno)
Opening Hours:
daily from 4 to 8 p.m. - Free admission


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