December 24, 2013
Da Vinci The Genius Exhibition at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town
Fazielah Williams has lived in and loved her Mother City since birth. Having lived all over the Peninsula during her childhood, she now calls the picturesque City Bowl home and likes nothing more than watching the sun set over Table Bay from the window of her apartment.
A lover of the arts and proud Cape Town fanatic, Fazielah began her writing career by spending many hours as a child conjuring fantastical stories that featured independent heroines from faraway lands who saved the Prince instead. This Capetonian princess has enjoyed stints as a magical arts PRO and TV publicist before finding her calling as a travel writer.
When not waxing lyrical about the Fairest Cape’s most loved attractions and activities and embarking on unexpected adventures, Fazielah can usually be found taking in a show at one of the City’s fabulous theatres.
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: