Leonardo and the Vinci Museum
Inventor, scientist and engineer, but also artist, painter and sculptor, Leonardo da Vinci is considered the genius par excellence
Leonardo da Vinci
Born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci was one of the most learned men of the Italian Renaissance. He dealt with painting, sculpture, architecture, mathematics, engineering, anatomy, geology, cartography, botany. He was an inventor and writer, a luminary of the Italian Renaissance. Among his paintings we remember the “Virgin of the Rocks”, “The Last Supper” and the “Mona Lisa”. His is the design of the Vitruvian Man, testifying to his profound knowledge of human anatomy. As an inventor, he is responsible for numerous projects, especially in the military, and the first studies on flying machines.
Housed in the two buildings of the Palazzina Uzielli and the Conti Guidi Castle, it is one of the most extensive and original collections dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, an architect, technologist and engineer and, more generally, to the history of the Renaissance technique.
In fact, over 60 models of machines are exhibited, presented with precise references to sketches and manuscript annotations by the artist, together with digital animations and interactive applications.
The idea of dedicating a museum to Leonardo in his native land was born in 1919 during the celebrations for the fourth centenary of his death when the Conti Guidi Castle was donated to the town of Vinci.