Descoperă invențiile și arta lui Leonardo da Vinci și surprinde o secvență din felul în care funcționează o minte strălucită. Muzeul Municipiului București vă invită la expoziția interactivă „Mașinile lui Leonardo da Vinci”, deschisă în perioada 18 mai – 24 septembrie 2017 la Palatul Suțu (parter), realizată cu sprijinul Societății ARANEUS din Polonia.

Discover the inventions and art of Leonardo da Vinci and catch a glimpse of the inner workings of a brilliant mind. The Bucharest Municipality Museum invites you to the interactive exhibition “The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci”, open between May 18th and September 24th 2017 at Suțu Palace (ground floor), with the support of the ARANEUS Society from Poland.

The exhibition opening will take place on Thursday, May 18th 2017, at 19:00, a date that also marks the International Museum Day. The exhibition will also be available to visitors during the Night of Museums, with free entry, on May 20th 2017, at Suțu Palace.

Leonardo da Vinci, (born April 15th 1452 in Vinci – deceased May 2nd, 1519 in Amboise) was an Italian Renaissance painter, architect, philosopher, musician, writer, discoverer, mathematician, mechanic, anatomist, inventor, geologist and sculptor.

Leonardo was often described as an archetype of the “Renaissance Man”, whose curiosity equalled only the strength of his creativity. His notes revealed several ideas and concepts that were ahead of his time, such as his theory that the Earth is not in the centre of the Sun’s orbit, nor is it at the centre of the Universe, which was devised before Copernicus’ “De Revolutionibus Orbium Coelestium”. His work and theories on gravity and perpetuum mobile devices preceded Newton’s law of universal gravitation.

As an engineer, Leonardo projected revolutionary machines, developing concepts for the helicopter, tank, hygrometer, anemometer and many other innovations. During his lifetime, few of his projects were actually built and put into practice. Some of his lesser-known projects, such as the automatic bobbin winder or his tensile strength testing machine, were introduced to the world of technology without much notice from the public.

Leonardo da Vinci was a master of mechanics. He introduced the use of levers, brackets, pulleys, crankcases, rack and pinion mechanisms. Nearly six thousand pages of his notes included far more projects than his artistic works, suggesting that engineering was an extremely important field to him. Leonardo’s inventions predated the appearance of a well-established patent system, so one cannot say for sure how many of his inventions are indeed in use and affecting our lives today. His mechanical innovations include revolving bridges, ball bearings, the screw jack with anti-friction bearing, pulley systems and so on.

Among the works of art created by da Vinci, the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper are some of the most recognizable, popular and reminiscent paintings of all time. His famous drawing of the Vitruvian proportions of a male body is equally important in the history of art, a work that also reflects his theory that the workings of the human body are an analogy for the functioning of the Universe itself. Even though only around 15 of his paintings have been found and survived till today, his creations continue to inspire the modern world.

The exhibition “The Machines of Leonardo da Vinci” consists of accurate replicas of models (many of which are interactive) made by skilled Italian craftsmen, based on Leonardo’s original sketches and designs. The materials selected to reconstruct the machines are like those that would have been used during the Renaissance. The collection also includes reproductions of paintings by da Vinci, most of which are faithful to the size of the original paintings. We invite you to discover the machines, sketches and paintings of Leonardo, and explore the mind of the famous Renaissance genius.

The exhibition can be viewed from Tuesday to Sunday, between 10:00 and 18:00, at Suțu Palace. The price for a full ticket will be 20 lei, and the price for a discount ticket 10 lei (for students, retirees, and organized tour groups).