DaVinci1Walter is an engineer, he has a technical mind and loves anything design. I am a history lover, believe it or not, for the longest time, I wanted to further my studies in history and become an archaeologist, much to my parents horror.  So when I was contacted a couple of weeks ago to visit the exhibition, Da Vinci – The Genius, I jumped at the opportunity as I knew it would be something both Walter and I would love.

After reading Jenty’s review, we visited the exhibition yesterday afternoon to avoid the crowds and try and make the most of all that was on display.

The exhibition has been travelling the world and includes reproductions of 75 of his designs made from materials similar to what would have been available during his life and his drawings as well as a very interesting exhibit on the Mona Lisa and a number of recreations of some of his works of art. There were also two interactive TV’s set up and we got to make the most of it as there exhibit at 16h30 in the afternoon was pretty quiet and we  could really take out time at each display and play with some of the interactive reproductions.

Da Vinci Designs

I really enjoyed the exhibition. Da Vinci really was a genius and not just for his time and I’m quite sure he was a little mad and a lot eccentric too. But I left the exhibition marvelling at how many of our “modern” inventions were created and inspired by so many of his designs and drawings. He really was waaay ahead of his time.

I also really enjoyed the anecdotes and quotes they had up around the exhibition, he really was a brilliant, highly intelligent thinker, artist and designer.

  • “Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”
  • “I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
  • “Where the spirit does not work with the hand there is no art”
  • “Iron rusts from disuse; water loses its purity from stagnation … even so does inaction sap the vigour of the mind.”
  • “Art is never finished, only abandoned.”

The last quote was interesting for me, especially after viewing the Mona Lisa display as I had not realized that this was an unfinished painting.

Tickets are R140 for adults and R90 for kids. That price does NOT include the cost of the audio guides which are an extra R40 per person and it’s R10 for parking.  We really enjoyed the exhibition and I think older kids would enjoy it to. But be warned it can apparently get very busy so choose a time to visit carefully.

And on a final note… do I look like the Mona Lisa??? 🙂