Exhibit Review: Da Vinci: The Genius



Exhibit: Da Vinci: the Genius
What: traveling exhibit about life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci
When: still running ‘till September 1st 2013
Where: Stock Exchange, Brussels, Belgium
Ticket price: varied

This particular exhibit of Leonardo Da Vinci’s life and work has already visited a great many of cities before, delighting fans of both Da Vinci himself, science and clockpunk around the globe, before taking its current stop in the capital of Belgium.

The exhibit has been very well set-up. They start by explaining the purpose of the exhibit as well as the reason for the use of the replicas on display. I’m sure that some will be bothered by the use of copies, but to be honest it is so well put together that no one should let the lack of originals get to them.

Whilst every visitor is equipped with an audio guide (you don’t have to pay extra for one, they are included in the ticket price), there are cleverly placed signs with key info about each display for those that prefer just the summary instead of listening to a lengthier explanation.

Leonardo's alphabet

Once past the introductions, the real works begin. Starting with his famous flying machines,

Deltaplano (deltaplane

going over in his engineering, war machines,

Carro Armato (tank) and Mitragliatrice a Tre Registri (three registered gun machine)

hydraulics, architectural and even musical designs,

Pianolo Portatile (portable piano)

as well as his art and famous anatomical drawings.

Anatomical Sketches

Closing in a large section about the Mona Lisa’s secrets revealed thanks to revolutionary photography and a 45 minute video about Da Vinci’s life.

Making up for a very varied, well balanced exhibit where they have succeeded to cover all major points and works of the artist’s life as well as acquainting the general public to much lesser known works. You can find out more about his master pieces as well as discover things you didn’t know yet, and some small models have even been build for the public to try out themselves.

It’s great to see so many of Da Vinci’s sketches finally come to life, even if it’s on a scaled down model, because it allows us to finally see what he intended on building, and how some of his inventions are clear predecessors of things we use or know in our own 21st century lives.


What I loved the most was not just this, but that it was presented in a way that not just fans of the artist could enjoy this. In fact, anyone interested in Renaissance developments, science, clockpunk, steampunk or dieselpunk could really enjoy this because it was simply so marvellous and accessible to all ages and interest fields.

I really recommend visiting it, even if you’re not into the clockpunk genre as you’ll no doubt enjoy seeing typical steampunk or dieselpunk things’ ancestors as much as I did.

Scafandro (diving equipment)

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