Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The genius of Leonardo da Vinci

The former post office in Rotterdam hosts an exhibition about Leonardo da Vinci
A self portrait of Leonardo
The Vitruvian man... the perfect picture of a man
Some examples of Leonardo's studies in anatomy
Some of Leonardo's flying machines.... fortunately nobody ever tried them out
 Four man were supposed to stand on the platform and turn the spiral to lift the helicopter
A pioneers bridge simply assembled by assembling logs
Diving suit and the first example of water skis
A tank to be manned by 4 man
A cannon powered by steam
There are no originals, but there are lots of reconstructions of the machinery invented by Leonardo and drawn on the 1600 pages of his preserved notes.
The second attraction of the exhibition is the location, the old post office
which still has a paternoster
and a lot of art deco decorations

 this is not an official museum so everything is a bit makeshift