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Leonardo Da Vinci's original manuscript is exhibited in 3D at the Capitoline Museums


Leonardo Da Vinci sits in the Capitoline Museums in three dimensions. One of the world's most renowned Italian Renaissance artists, known for his ingenuity and ability to observe, will have his own room in the prestigious Roman museum until April 17.

The observations of Da Vinci serve as the protagonists of this exposition, "Leonardo and the flight." This original, 18-page manuscript studies the mechanics of flight based on the observation of different types of birds. It is an incredible study, considering that it was created in 1505.

Capitoline Museums (Rome)
"He had the ability to take note, in 18 pages of a very small booklet, what exactly happened when a heavy body like a bird came in contact with the air, which is much lighter, and managed to rise and fly in the sky. All of the movements of the wings are recorded, with drawings and tiny writings that accurately describe the phenomenon of flight."

The Wright brothers took Leonardo's codex of the flight of the birds into account when they invented the first motor airplane in 1903.

The written pages are accompanied by very precise drawings: birds, geometric figures, mechanical and architectural drawings.

Capitoline Museums (Rome)
"The techniques we have used, and the new technologies, are above all to attract the attention of a younger audience, and also to make them understand how fascinating science and observation can be, as in the case of the Leonardo study and the Flight of the birds."

In fact, the first visitors of the exhibition have been very young and eager to learn. 3D touch screens and goggles helped make the cultural outing a bit more fun.

Professor I.C Salvatore Pincherle
"When they see an exhibition where they can interact instead of just listening to the guide, they become more interested and learn a lot more. It's very important, you have to start taking them to museums from a very young age, at least I think so."

The most important thing for the little ones is to have fun while they learn, and this exhibition shows that the new technologies are the best allies to transmit something as old and as fascinating as the codes of Leonardo Da Vinci.