Travelling Leonardo Da Vinci show draws the crowds in Dubai

Month-long exhibition showcase models of Italian artist's inventions, manuscripts, art
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The internationally acclaimed Da Vinci Exhibition is set to bring an amazing collection of inventions, manuscripts and art by Italian Renaissance genius Leonardo Da Vinci to Dubai
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Held in collaboration with the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum in Florence, the exhibition was held at Dubai's BurJuman mall
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The exhibition displayed five themes: war machines, flying machines, nautical & hydraulic inventions, principles of mechanics and artwork reproductions
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The interactive collection has travelled across world's major cities including Florence, Madrid, Berlin, Hong Kong and Melbourne, to name a few
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This was the first time the region welcomed such an extensive collection of Da Vinci’s work that ranged from his more famous artistic creations to his lesser known engineering inventions
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Born in Tuscan town of Vinci in 1452, da Vinci was one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, who was also celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist
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His profound love of knowledge and research was the keynote of both his artistic and scientific endeavours
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His innovations in the field of painting influenced the course of Italian art for more than a century after his death
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Da Vinci's scientific studies — particularly in the fields of technology, flight, optics, and hydraulics — anticipated many of the developments of modern science
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The month-long exhibition offered visitors the opportunity to view and interact with more than 60 machines created from original da Vinci drawings
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Many of the interactive machines were scale models and some were life size
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Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompanied each model
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The artisans have crafted the machines with the greatest attention to detail, using only materials of the period – wood, cotton, brass, iron and cord
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Computers were used to calculate the exact scale and proportion of each model
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The exhibition also included 15 high quality reproduction artworks of some of his most famous paintings including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper
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It also incuded giant art panels, computer animations, film screenings and rare copies of Leonardo da Vinci Codices
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Leonardo kept a detailed record of his life, thoughts and inventions – written in left-handed mirror writing
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The exhibition was held at Dubai's BurJuman mall from Nov 6 till Dec 5