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Saturday, January 30, 2010

Life's Good With DaVinci the Genius

I had won a in a blog competition my boyfriend asked me to join a while ago and I was waiting for the prize to see what's it all about. Finally the package arrived. Inside it there are the letter congratulating me, 2 tickets to the Da Vinci the Genius Exhibition, a 50% discount on exhibition merchandise voucher and my favourite Starbucks RM10 voucher.

So what did I do about it? Of course the first thing to do is to have Starbucks for breakfast since my boyfriend also won the blog contest and the facebook one.

First up what is it about this exhibition which makes it different from the others? The challenge was to create an exhibition which showcases most of Leonardo's work. Thanks to Grande Exhibitions and sponsored by LG, this exhibition is made happen for us to enjoy at the National Science Center.

So I went to the show and was disappointed when we saw this sign. How to blog if we can't take pictures?

Fortunately my boyfriend talked to the friendly staff there who gave him a pass to allow him to take pictures. Look at his smile? Doesn't his looks makes you feel happy like a kid too?

So we went in and in the first gallery, we get to see the life and times of Leonardo Da Vinci who lived from 1452-1519.

From there, I got to know that Leonardo had been the greatest genius the world has ever known. Why is he known as that? I will tell you throughout this post.

All his life's work are written on small notebooks like this one here.

Through time, his works are separated and in 1630, Pompeo Leoni got hold of a large scale of his works but they were taken apart and sorted in subjects which makes the original orders which could tell much of his life lost. The sorted works are named as codices. The chart below shows the details of them.

Amongst his works are in the fields of machine inventions where he gave the ideas to motor car, submarines, tanks, machine guns, glider and a lot others.

He is also known as the Father of Flight for his contributions to the ideas of flight and being the first to look at the science of flight. Imagine without him, there would never be planes to travel in today. In his works he worked based on the movements of a bird's wings. He also gave birth to the idea of a parachute.

His contributions in Military engineering was also enormous in creating weapons of wars. His time of living with wars forced him to come up with ideas of deadly machines. Some are easy in construction and practical in use such as the emergency bridge and ladders. He then moved on to offensive and defensive inventions such as the machine gun and armored cars.

He is also well versed with the physics and mechanical principles, coming up with the ideas of the ball bearing system, coil spring and flywheels to name a few.
My favourite machine. The pan mee roller. Actually it's a wheat roller
He is also into civil mechanics. Do you know that the bicycle was first invented by him?

He is also an architect. He designed an ideal city which is planned according to the concept of unity and harmony. It's such a pity that he did not live long enough to see that came true.

He also came up with hydralics and aquatic machines. Most of which are early ideas to what we have today and some are used even till this very day.

Other than that Leonardo is also known as a man of musical and time keeping instruments. He worked with springs and gears to improve on time keeping of his time.

Then we have his anatomical drawings to apply to his paintings.

He was also involved majorly in the creation of renaissance arts with well known painting such as

Perhaps his most well known painting had been the Mona Lisa. I think this whole exhibition wouldn't be complete in the case of the absence of the Mona Lisa. In this exhibition the secrets of Mona Lisa is revealed. It was part of the scientific methods which is able to separate layers and layers of the painting to reveal what had happened and what makes it what it is today.
Other than that, his paintings includes the last supper which illustrates the last meal Jesus had with his disciples before he was betrayed by Judas. Other than that, he is also known for his Anghiari Battle drawings. It is said they are simply marvelous and breathtaking.

He is also a sculptor and had spent years researching on the movements of horses to come up with a giant statue for the Duke of Milan. He did made a model but during the war, the bronze was sent off to build cannons and subsequently his model was used as a target practice thus destroying his hard work.

That is the end of the exhibition. Actually the exhibition was a large scale one and what I put out here is only a small part of the exhibition. If you really want to go for this exhibition, I heard they had been moved over to Taiwan. You really need to see it for yourself to feel what it is like.So isn't life good with Da Vinci the Genius? He is a man of many talent. A creator of many things which we still use to this very day yet he said this "I have offended god and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have". I would say if he were to live till this very day, He would have created something like the LG Crystal GD 900 because in comparison of designs, it has the one quality that what Leonardo's creation has, perfection! Had he had one of this, I am sure he would be pleased to have a work which is of the quality it should have. At least I know I would. Nevertheless, he had made life better for all of us with his creations. So how can I not say "Life's Good With Da Vinci the Genius"? Life's Good with LG too. Thanks for the tickets which opened my eyes to a world of whole new wonders.

Ps. I guess there's something you don't know about Leonardo Da Vinci. Actually his masterpiece, Mona Lisa is also called as "La Gioconda" in Italian. Does the initial sounds something familiar to you. Yes it's LG. Is this why LG products are so perfect? Time to ponder...

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