Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Example of da Vinci's writing. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

A Rebirth of Art, Technology, and Culture

Denver is currently experiencing pieces of the Italian Renaissance at the Museum of Nature & Science. The exhibit known as Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius is running from March 1 to August 25.

One of my friends recommended the art exhibit, and I am thankful to have had the opportunity to dig a little deeper in the history of Leonardo da Vinci.

On Saturday, May 25 I attended to interactive event around noon. There was a 12:10 p.m. screening of the immersive experience that went along with the exhibit.

The physical space that was dedicated for the event was arranged and decorated well.

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Example of da Vinci's Mona Lisa. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Example of da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

As a person that has frequented several art galleries, one of my only criticisms about the interactive gallery was the lack of original work on display. After attending this exhibit, I did start to build an understanding about the age of art, and its ability to be shipped around the world.

They did provide interactive activities for kids, and an audio assistant for additional learning.

Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Example of da Vinci's creative work. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Leonardo da Vinci: 500 Years of Genius. Example of da Vinci’s creative work. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

One of my favorite parts was finding out his passion outside of art. The time he took to learn about technology and architecture was impressive. He worked on ways to improve quality of life, as well as how to overcome obstacles in the physical world.

The immersive video experience was distorting for me. The room is a dome setup with several separate screens circling the walls. It was hard to watch because it appeared to have one or two videos playing at the same time. That compounded with using two screens next to each other to use for playback. And one screen for narration. It was definitely immersive.

Overall, it was a good experience to explore and learn more about his work. It is a ticketed event, but worth admission cost. 

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