Last weekend the kids and I went to the AZ Science Center and got to see the Da Vinci the Genius exhibit. We learned a lot about the inventions and paintings that he created. I was truly amazed by his genius way of thinking. We saw replicas of his notebooks and it’s almost like his brain n never stopped creating.
A little bit about the exhibit: Da Vinci – The Genius is a comprehensive presentation of Leonardo’s full breadth of work which is incredibly inspiring to us all,” said Chevy Humphrey, President and CEO of Arizona Science Center. “This exhibition provides a platform of in-depth exploration into Da Vinci’s genius allowing your imagination to soar, and encourage attendees to discover their own conclusions on Da Vinci’s works.”
While some of the exhibits are hands off, they are great conversation pieces for the 8 year old aspiring scientist. Clever Guy especially loved the hands on pieces as well.
A little bit about “Secrets of Mona Lisa” showcases the lifelong work of esteemed French engineer Pascal Cotte, whose passion for the study and preservation of the Mona Lisa led him to invent the cutting edge 240-megapixel Multi-spectral Imaging Camera, which uses patented infrared technology and intense illumination to scan the painting and virtually peel away layers of varnish applied over centuries. With his camera, Cotte was able to uncover how the Mona Lisa looked as she was originally painted, including layers of over-painting, restoration and attempts at preservation – even identifying the individual pigments that Da Vinci used. Onlookers will be presented with the most accurate re-creation and will uncover dozens of secrets about the painting through Cotte’s amazing revelations that are displayed in gallery-style, high-resolution prints, with the largest being the 14ft x 10ft giant infra-red of Mona Lisa.
I loved seeing all of these photos of Mona Lisa but I think my favorite was learning the secrets behind the painting!
Along with the Mona Lisa display there is the Last Supper Painting display that is a video with facts about the painting.
Of course while you are at the AZ Science Center you have to enjoy all of the fun!
The Davinci-The Genius exhibit is at the AZ Science Center through June 9th and purchasing of tickets to the exhibit include admission for the day at the AZ Science Center.
Find more info about the AZ Science Center here: AZScience.org
Disclosure: I was given admission into the Science Center and exhibit. All opinions and photos shared in this post are my own.