Exhibition investigates the genius of da Vinci

Posted at 4:34 PM, Sep 29, 2012
and last updated 2012-10-01 00:59:35-04

SALT LAKE CITY - A new exhibition at The Leonardo in Salt Lake City celebrates the achievements of one of the most influential men of all time.

Leonardo da Vinci's interests are diverse, with achievements in science, art, mathematics, engineering and more. The Da Vinci - The Genius exhibition, which opened Friday at The Leonardo, features a fusion of science, technology and art as it investigates the work of the most prolific Renaissance Man.

"The Leonardo museum is that kind of a place where we're looking at topics that are relevant today with the technologies and the tools that we have today, but the inspiration and the curiosity is very much the same," said Alexandra Hesse.

The exhibition looks beyond the surface of da Vinci's paintings, including the infamous "Mona Lisa."

"These versions show the different kinds of photography that the scientists used to actually analyze the painting. So it just goes to show that, again, an art piece is a mystery if you just look at it, but if you are a scientist and you really want to look behind the layers that are visible to the naked eye, there is so much more you can discover," said Jason Brow.

The exhibition isn't limited to just da Vinci's art; it also features some of his scientific and technological inventions.

"The exhibition covers so many areas that I think many people won't know Leonardo was involved in. The scuba being an excellent example of that," said Brow.

Da Vinci - The Genius will be on display at The Leonardo through January 27.