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December 24, 2013

Da Vinci The Genius Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town

The Mona Lisa, the iconic masterpiece, is just one of the must-see artwork items at the Da Vinci The Genius Exhibition on display at the V&A Waterfront's Chavonne Battery Museum. Image by V&A Waterfront

Leonardo Da Vinci in Cape Town? Believe it, Mother City fans, because it’s true… the Leonardo Da Vinci The Genius exhibition is running at our impressive V&A Waterfront’s Chavonnes Battery Museum  until February 2, 2014.

I’m a lover of all things historical, artistic and mystical and the Da Vinci exhibition is a magical mix of all three. A reproduction of sorts, this must-see exhibit by Great World Exhibitions has been seen by more than three million people in over 40 countries, bringing to life some of the famed artist, inventor, architect, scientist and sculptor‘s most renowned and uncompleted works, in 3D.

Lady of mystery, Mona Lisa, is on display (in various degrees of colour and revealing plenty of secrets about this masterpiece, thanks to French scientific engineer, Pascal Cotte’s revolutionary camera) as are Da Vinci’s sketches of the human body (which were the inspiration for the medical textbook, Gray’s Anatomy) and, most fascinating of all; interactive models of the first concepts of a military tank, car, parachute and more; designed as per specs from Da Vinci’s codices (notebooks).

I’ve seen some of Da Vinci’s creations during a trip to Italy a few years ago, but there is just something so surreal and thrilling about seeing them in my hometown. For a true virtuoso, who lived some 500 years ago, his designs are chillingly forward-thinking and this exhibition makes one once again realize just how much of what we can do in the 21st century we owe to his brilliant mind.

What you need to know:

- Solve the Da Vinci Code by planning to spend at least a couple of hours at this exhibition. There are so many cool things to see, including a life size replica of Leonardo’s legendary painting, The Last Supper, which you just can’t miss. The exhibition is open daily between 09h00 to 21h00.

- History is priceless but do take along your wallet for the entry fee (R 140 for adults and R 90 for children). Keen to avoid the queues? Book your tickets online at Webtickets.

- Seeing is believing but please note that photographs of the exhibition is strictly forbidden.

Check out these images of this amazing exhibition to see what’s on display:

Da Vinci's first concept of a bicycle, created by Italian artists based on his codices ( notebooks). Image by V&A Waterfront

In addition to be being an artist, scientist and architect, Da Vinci was a military strategist to and invented this rudimentary suit of armour. Image by Fazielah Williams

The secrets of Da Vinci's most wellknown creation, the Mona Lisa, as revealed by French scientific engineer, Pascal Cotte’s revolutionary camera. Image by Da Vinci The Genius

Da Vinci's first military tank. Image by Fazielah Williams

For more information about the Da Vinci The Genius Exhibition, please visit www.davinciexhibition.co.za ; join their Facebook fanpage or follow the conversation on Twitter.

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