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The Living Art of Leonardo da Vinci

21 March 2024

THE LUME Melbourne has unveiled an extraordinary experience, "Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius," which redefines the boundaries of immersive art exhibitions. As visitors step into the colossal canvas at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, they are greeted by the animated grandeur of da Vinci's most famous works, including the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. This revolutionary presentation offers an unprecedented engagement with da Vinci's genius, far surpassing the traditional museum experience in both scope and interaction. 

An artist whose mastery extends beyond the canvas to encompass roles as an inventor, scientist, philosopher, and musician, Leonardo da Vinci remains a peerless figure in history. His contributions across various disciplines, from architecture and engineering to the conceptualisation of flight, have laid the groundwork for countless modern innovations. THE LUME's latest offering not only showcases da Vinci's artistic achievements but also delves into his contributions to science and technology. 

At the heart of this digital homage is a display of 40 "machine inventions" recreated from his notebooks by skilled Italian artisans, courtesy of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome. These meticulously crafted inventions, ranging from conceptual flying machines to various mechanical devices, illustrate da Vinci's ingenuity and foresight, bridging the past with the potential of the future. This exhibition provides a connection to the spirit of the Renaissance, bringing his visionary concepts to life. 

Further enriching the experience is a dedicated section exploring the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa through the pioneering work of French Optical Engineer Mr. Pascal Cotte. Utilising a multispectral camera, Cotte's research reveals layers of the masterpiece previously unseen, challenging long-held perceptions and offering new insights into da Vinci's methods and intentions. 

In addition to celebrating da Vinci’s individual brilliance, the exhibition extends into the Italian Renaissance, spotlighting the era's artistic marvels and Leonardo's contemporaries who similarly shaped the course of art history. This segment offers an immersive visual feast, enveloping visitors in the splendour of Renaissance art and culture. 

"Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius" is a multisensory exploration of creativity, innovation, and history. It invites audiences to dive into the world of a true maestro, whose work transcends time and continues to inspire awe and wonder. THE LUME Melbourne not only pays homage to da Vinci's legacy but also demonstrates the timeless relevance of his work and his contributions to both the arts and sciences.