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A Half-Millennium On, Da Vinci’s Curiosity Lives On in new Milan Galleries

Dec 09, 2019
His oceanic curiosity invites us to renew our own, to see our world with freshly inquisitive eyes and let our minds roam untrammeled.
As the world marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci in Milan inaugurates its new Leonardo da Vinci Galleries.

The new Leonardo da Vinci Galleries, exceptional as a permanent science-based display dedicated to the Renaissance polymath, contextualize his work in historical developments and present an exceptional individual emerging from that context. Visitors can trace the evolution of his thinking as he explored disciplines from architecture, to paleontology, to anatomy. His ideas are given tangible presence through models of his inventions, including spinning and flying machines.

Leonardo, whose fame has been unflagging since he first achieved it, has an almost unique power to engage visitors from the world over on topics running the gamut of human inquiry. The Stavros Niarchos Foundation (SNF), which works to support museums in opening doors to discovery, to education, and to inspiration for a broad and diverse public, supported the creation of the new galleries.

The Leonardo da Vinci Galleries open at the Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci on December 9, 2019.