This fascinating exhibit showcases 40 full-size replicas of machines crafted from da Vinci's own drawings in the university's new Convocation Center.
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian Renaissance polymath: painter, sculptor, architect, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist and writer whose genius, perhaps more than that of any other figure, epitomized the Renaissance humanist ideal.
The machines are grouped into four sections, reflecting da Vinci's fascination with the "four elements" --- Earth, Water, Air and Fire. Interpretive panels explain each of the inventions and a large-screen display focuses on da Vinci's drawings and notes. Visitors can manipulate and activate most of the machines --- the revolving crane, armored car, printing press, working robot and more.
Admission is free. For more information, call Wendy at (724) 938-5640.
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