Last February 10, 2016, the Science Museum in London unveiled an exhibition dedicated to the life and works of a true renaissance man. Pegged as ‘Leonardo Da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius’, the display went on for a good eight months, culminating with an event on 4th September.
The museum showcased Leonardo Da Vinci’s pure, one-of-a-kind talent in the fields of engineering and art, highlighted by 39 models of his inventions that included flying devices, diving apparatus, and weapons. There were large-scale reproductions of Da Vinci’s most historical paintings and sketches. Furthermore, the event featured more than 10 multimedia installations and interactive games. All of this was in celebration of the 500th anniversary of when he was born.
It’s fascinating how, even up to this day, Leonardo Da Vinci’s works remain as useful and as popular as they were back then. Aside from coming up with the origins of modern day inventions, his image and likeness are used in many of today’s pop culture references. For one, Dan Brown wrote a fictional, somewhat controversial, novel devoted to certain elements of his masterpieces. Even video games such as the Assassin’s Creed franchise by Ubisoft and one of Spin Genie’s online games, have made Da Vinci its central character. In a way, we can attribute all of these to his uncanny ability to think outside the box and stay ahead of the curve.
Ian Blatchford, Director of the Science Museum once said: “Leonardo Da Vinci is one of history’s greatest independent thinkers, whose determination to imagine the world anew inspired humankind for generations and will continue to do so for generations to come.” More than anything, the recently concluded London exhibition proved Da Vinci’s natural relevance and his innovative approach towards his works. It also shed light on the visitors’ understanding of his skills and inspired them to look at the world with a new set of eyes.
The aforementioned events were a timely reminder of the talents of a bona fide artist. It may or may not motivate us to go out there, chase our dreams, and accomplish everything to the best of our ability, but at the end of it all, Da Vinci’s works reflect achieving things with a purpose and doing it great. Above all else, one definite takeaway from this is about thinking outside the box, revolutionising ideas and anticipating what lies ahead. In essence, these things separate Leonardo Da Vinci and all the other innovators of the Renaissance era from the dreamers of today.