Leonardo da Vinci: Art and Science, Then and Now

Why We Recommend it

In celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1919), famously known for painting Mona Lisa, Milan’s historic Ambrosian Library is lending both replicas and other rare original works that showcase the polymath’s inventive vision and artistic talent.


The Renaissance artist, famously know for his Mona Lisa had a wide variety of interests and expertise in drawing, painting, sculpture, and as a visionary inventor, in architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, paleontology and cartography.

Of highlight in the exhibition are Studies of a Temporary Bridge and Artillery, which offers an example of da Vinci’s use of one sheet for both military and decorative studies; Trebuchet, Hammer Catapult, and Bent-beam Sling Catapult; as well as Studies for a Flying Machine, an extremely early da Vinci study for a flying machine when he was fascinated by the parallels between fish, birds, water and air, and envisioned the flying machine.

The exhibition features 12 original drawings, 1 replica of “Virgin of the Rocks”, 5 machines models and 12 contemporary art pieces paying tribute to the Italian polymath’s inventions and drawings.


When: 19 Sep 2019 - 15 Dec 2019 Where: CityU Exhibition Gallery, 18/F, Lau Ming Wai Academic Building, City University of Hong Kong – Tat Chee Avenue – Kowloon Tong