<div class="ExternalClass9136481E345D4DD0BD552497F1543C94"><p>​</p><div class="ExternalClassC86FD4788DA24244A460917254E4FD02"><p>​The Most Comprehensive Traveling Exhibition Ever Compiled on Leonardo da Vinci, Da Vinci - The Genius, will be on show at Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower V&A Waterfront from<strong> 27 November 2013 until 23 March 2014.</strong></p><p>The ingenuity, innovation and marvels of Leonardo da Vinci’s world will be brought to life in a wide-ranging and stimulating exhibition opening in Cape Town on 27 November 2013. The interactive experience will immerse visitors in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of his inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. </p><p>Da Vinci – The Genius demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo’s remarkable achievements as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, mathematician, architect and all-round Renaissance thinker. </p><p>Capetonians will have the opportunity to experience over 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions built using materials from Leonardo’s era and three-dimensional renderings of his most notable Renaissance works. They will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.  </p><p>One of the most enthralling components of the exhibition will be an astonishing unveiling of 25 secrets about his most famous creation, the Mona Lisa. Over a two-year period, Vincian expert and scientific engineer, Pascal Cotte, was given unprecedented access to the painting and was able to photograph the canvas using a cutting-edge 240-million megapixel camera - invented expressly for the purpose – which enabled him to literally unpeel layers of varnish and paint to allow an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of the world’s most famous, and treasured, painting. Visitors will be astounded and moved by the secrets the Mona Lisa will reveal…</p><p>“Da Vinci – the Genius is a must-see for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, providing an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience whether they are art, history, engineering, mathematics, medicine or general philosophy aficionadas – or if they are simply seeing the depth and breadth of Leonardo’s work for the very first time. </p><p>“The exhibition seeks to show just how much of his thinking and ideas influenced and shaped the world we know today,” explains Tyrone Thöle, Director of Great World Exhibitions, who are bringing the exhibition to South Africa. </p><p>All of the inventions brought to life for Da Vinci – The Genius were crafted by Italian artisans, many using techniques and materials from the Renaissance period. Scouring more than 6,000 pages from Leonardo’s personal codices (notebooks), the artisans deciphered hidden clues, intentional mistakes and mirror-image writing that he employed to keep his works top secret. Visitors will also enjoy a glimpse into Leonardo’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques – he was left-handed – as they browse touch-screen versions of his actual codices.</p><p><strong>Other key attractions of the exhibition include:<br></strong><br>• reproductions of his famous paintings The Virgin of the Rocks, and The Annunciation;<br>• the controversial new Leonardo discovery Bella Principessa;<br>• his remarkable and ahead-of-their time anatomical sketches;<br>• preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, a painting that is presently lost but believed to be hidden by a fresco on a Florentine palace;<br>• three-dimensional interactive presentations of The Last Supper – the painting famously featured by author Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code - the Vitruvian Man and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer never before seen perspectives on these famous works;<br>• educational activities for children.</p><p>Doors open to the public on Wednesday, 27 November 2013 at 09h00. </p><p><strong>Date:</strong> 27 November 2013 – 23 March 2014<br><strong>Venue:</strong> Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower, V&A Waterfront</p><p><strong>Ticket Prices: Adults: </strong>R140.00 per person <br>Concessions Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110.00 per person <br>Children (Ages 6-17): R90.00 per person<br>Children (5 and younger): Free<br>Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400.00 <br><br><strong>Ticket Sales: </strong>Tickets available from the venue or online from webtickets <a href="http://www.webtickets.co.za/">www.webtickets.co.za</a></p><p><strong>Opening Times:</strong> Doors open every day 09h00 to 21h00.<br>(Last admission is 90 minutes prior to closing.)</p><p>For more information on the venue, dates, times, and the Da Vinci – The Genius exhibition, visit <a href="http://www.davincithegenius.co.za/">http://www.davincithegenius.co.za</a><br></p></div></div><img alt="" height="400" src="/sites/waterfrontcontent/News%20Images/Mona_A.jpg?Width=398&Height=400" width="398" style="BORDER:0px solid;" />2013-11-13T22:00:00Z



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