Leonardo Da Vinci is most renowned for his exceptional talent as the painter of the Mona Lisa. Not everyone knows him as the genius who invented flying machines and war tools! Indeed, Da Vinci’s notes and diaries, called Codices, feature countless numbers of plans and drawings bringing to life his ingenuous inventions. Unfortunately, the original prototypes were all lost with time.
The idea for a traveling exhibition of Leonardo’s machines was first conceived in Melbourne, Australia, then developed in collaboration with the museum dedicated to him in Florence, Italy. Italian craftsmen rebuilt more than 60 machines, based on Da Vinci’s drawings, and using the same material available at the time. They cover a wide range of scientific fields: mechanics, hydraulics, aviation, etc.