Uncovering the genius of Da Vinci

A world famous exhibition uses state-of-the-art technology to take a closer look at the genius of Da Vinci. Video: eNCA
Ever wondered what’s behind Mona Lisa’s enigmatic smile?
 
Or wanted to learn more about the man who conceptualised the first car, helicopter, bicycle and submarine?
 
Books, movies, documentaries and research papers have been devoted to unravelling the mysteries of Leonardo da Vinci’s creations. 
 
A world famous exhibition uses state-of-the-art technology to take a closer look at the genius of Da Vinci.
 
And it’s on show in the Mother City till February!
 
Italian master Leonardo da Vinci was so prolific that 500 years later, the world is still astounded by his work.
 
The result of ten years’ research, the ‘Da Vinci The Genius’ exhibition has travelled to 52 cities and has been seen by more than 3 million people.
 
Exhibition Manager Robert Kirk said, “We have interactivity in our physics and mechanics section and there’s an educational and activity guides that accompany the exhibition. And for the older audiences there’s also the secrets of the Mona Lisa which is a fascinating insight into what is arguably the world’s most famous painting.”
 
Using a 240-million pixel camera – which is 24-times as powerful as a standard camera – engineer Pascal Cotte is able to virtually peel away the layers of Da Vinci’s art.
 
And it’s revealed new secrets about the mysterious Mona Lisa.
 
Cotte explained: “We discover how Leonardo works, Leonardo is able to paint to erase to make another painting on top, to redo… So we understand why Leonardo took so much time to paint the painting.”
 
So, if you are intrigued by Mona Lisa’s smile and her missing eyebrows, or are burning to know what her hands are doing, the Da Vinci the Genius is on at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town until February 2014. 
 

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