Da Vinci - The Genius featuring the world's exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa
November 23 through March 22
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The world's most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci with the world's most accurate reproduction of the "Mona Lisa"!
Da Vinci – The Genius is the most comprehensive exhibition on Leonardo da Vinci to tour the world. Created with the assistance of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci, Rome, and a number of experts in Italy and France, the exhibition brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher.
Working from da Vinci's codices (bound collections of his work), Italian artisans have faithfully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions. These works include the first concepts of a car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute, SCUBA, submarine, a forerunner to the modern military tank and an ideal city.
The exhibit also moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of da Vinci’s most famous codices, anatomical studies, the Battle of Anghiari drawings and displays of his renaissance art in actual size.
Da Vinci – The Genius also includes the world’s exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa exhibition – an analysis of the world’s most famous painting, conducted at the Louvre Museum by the renowned scientific engineer, examiner and photographer of fine art, Pascal Cotte. The exhibition features the world's most accurate reproduction of the "Mona Lisa," hung without the frame so that visitors may study all sides of the painting.
Suitable for all ages, this amazing exhibition provides a fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius, but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he discovered. Da Vinci – The Genius is an inspiration for the whole family.
Da Vinci – The Genius and The Secrets of Mona Lisa were created by Grande Exhibitions and Pascal Cotte.
The Peoria Riverfront Museum gratefully acknowledges our exhibition sponsors, Bielfeldt Foundation, PNC, Illinois Mutual, Dr. Allan & Marlene Campbell, Ruby K. Worner Charitable Trust, Oak River Foundation, Visionary Society and the Illinois Arts Council.