“Mona Lisa, Monalisa, men have named you
You’re so like the lady with the mystic smile
Is it only ’cause you’re lonely, they have blamed you
For that Monalisa strangeness in your smile?”
I grew up hearing my Dad singing that Nat King Cole song. As a child, I thought that Monalisa is as beautiful as Cinderella, Snow White, or Princess Aurora (Disney Princesses talaga ang peg) She must be really beautiful to be able to have a song about her. Having this expectation in mind, you could just imagine my childish reaction when I saw the painting of her. I asked myself, “What is so special about her? She just looked like a normal woman?”
Pwede din naman palang magka-Audrey Ruth painting craze! Hahaha!
When I grew up and took up Humanities, I finally understand the fuss over that painting. I looked at that painting once again and looked at her eyes, the contour of her cheeks, and her smile. Her eyes and her smile both exudes mystery. I get to think way beyond the superficial. (Ang ganda pala talaga nung painting na yun!) I asked myself what was going on her mind? Her emotion was so mysterious! Why did she smile like that? Why does her eyes talk in a way that you could not fully comprehend?
A lot of people did their own interpretations about the painting. However, no one would have fully known the mystery behind said painting other than the painter himself – Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci was an Italian Renaissance Polymath. He was a painter, sculptor, engineer, architect, mathematician, musician, philosopher, botanist, geologist, inventor, etc. (Pinakyaw na nya lahat!). In short, he is a genius!
I thought that I would just know more about his work through books or if I travel to Italy or France (wish ko lang!). So when I found out about that the Da Vinci Exhibit finally visited the Philippines, I got excited!
With the assistance of Il Genio di Leonardo da Vinci Museo (Italy) and Pascal Cotte of Lumiere Technology (France) this exhibition brings to life the genius of Leonardo as an inventor, artist, scientist, anatomist, engineer, architect, sculptor and philosopher.Working from Leonardo’s codices, Italian Artisans have faithfully crafted interactive and life-size machine inventions. These works include the first concepts of a car, bicycle, helicopter, glider, parachute, SCUBA, submarine, military tank and ideal city to name a few.
In addition the exhibit moves far beyond machine inventions alone, featuring facsimiles of Leonardo’s most famous codices, large interactive touch screens anatomical studies, Anghiari battle drawings and Renaissance art.
A recent addition is the high definition recreation of The Last Supper at actual size (29 x 14.5ft) an impressive display that compliments the existing HD animations explaining the Sforza Horse, Mona Lisa and Vitruvian Man.
Da Vinci – The Genius also includes the world exclusive Secrets of Mona Lisa – an analysis of the iconic painting, conducted at the Louvre Museum by renowned scientific engineer, examiner and photographer of fine art, Pascal Cotte.
Suitable for all ages, this amazing exhibition provides a fascinating insight into not only the mind of a genius; but also into the fundamental scientific and artistic principles that he discovered. Da Vinci – The Genius is an inspiration for the whole family.