Vinci, Italy:
The Leonardo Museum

2012-09-12 14:15 | Comments: 3

A visit to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Vinci, Italy, shows the famous painter of Mona Lisa from a different angle, as an incredible engineer, architect and scientist.

Photo credit: Viki Secrets

Vitruvian Man Sculpture in Vinci, Italy

The Vitruvian Man sculpture behind the Leonardo Museum.

Hi, welcome back to Vinci, the hometown of Leonardo da Vinci. In this post we are going to visit the Leonardo Museum (Museo Leonardiano) located in the historic center of the small medieval town Vinci.

The Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The museum is spread between two buildings, the Palazzina Uzielli and the Conti Guidi Castle, and is devoted to Leonardo's ingenious inventions, machines and his study of light and geometry.

Our tour starts on the square dei Guidi in front of the ticket office and the first part of the exhibition. The square shows a grid of geometric shapes, and features a prominent polyhedron with a head sculpture spiked on one of its edges :/

Piazza dei Guidi, Vinci, Italy

Piazza dei Guidi, Vinci, Italy

Mosaic on the Piazza dei Guidi, Vinci, Italy

Polyhedron and entrance to the Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Going inside the museum, we are presented with a collection of machine replicas, built based on Leonardo's journals and drawings, with a large number of machines dealing with automation.

The Automatic Weaving Loom

Automatic Weaving Loom @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The Automatic Gold Beating Machine

Automatic Gold Beating Machine @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Automatic Gold Beating Machine @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The second and larger part of the exhibition is located inside the Conti Guidi Castle.

Conti Guidi Castle in Vinci, Italy

A geometric shape recalling Leonardo's interest in mathematics and geometry.

Geometric shape inside the Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The "Leonardo's Bicycle" was attributed to Gian Giacomo Caprotti, a pupil of Leonardo da Vinci, but later believed to be a fake. It is still unclear, if Leonardo really designed the first known "bicycle".

Leonardo da Vinci's Bicycle

Most of the reproductions in the museum are based on Leonardo's notes and drawings and many of them were not feasible to construct during his lifetime. Nonetheless, Leonardo's vision and foresight are incredible.

A Rope Winch

Rope Winch @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Rope Winch @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Diver's Breathing Apparatus

Diver's Breathing Apparatus @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Study of optics and perspective. Two switchable light sources and an X-shaped figure producing different patterns of shadows.

Study of optics and perspective @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

This was only a small selection of Leonardo's inventions. The museum also offers access to the bell tower and the panoramic terrace, so we are going upstairs now.

Going upstairs at Leonardo da Vinci Museum

The Panoramic Terrace

The bell tower on the roof of the Conti Guidi Castle.

Bell at the Conti Guidi Castle

The panoramic terrace

Panoramic Terrace @ Leonardo da Vinci Museum

View over Vinci :)

Church Of The Holy Cross in Vinci, Italy

View over Vinci, Italy

View over Vinci, Italy

View over Vinci, Italy

The Ideals Museum

Back to the ground, there is a second museum, the Museo Ideale, in Vinci dealing with the complexities of Leonardo as an artist, scientist and inventor, but the museum was unfortunately closed "due to rain water infiltration from the above building" ;)

But I found this funny poster on the Museo Ideale, showing a nude painting of Mona Lisa :P

Nude Mona Lisa @ Museo Ideale

The Vitruvian Man

The Vitruvian Man wooden sculpture behind the Leonardo Museum, is inspired by Leonardo's famous drawing, studying the proportions of the human body.

Vitruvian Man Sculpture in Vinci, Italy

Vitruvian Man Sculpture in Vinci, Italy

Vitruvian Man Sculpture in Vinci, Italy

Last but not least, a gift shop in Vinci, selling Leonardo inspired T-shirts ;)

Leonardo da Vinci T-shirts

Homer Vitruvius T-shirt :D

Homer (Simpson) Vitruvius T-shirt

This was the second part of our Vinci tour. Coming next, visit the lovely cottage Le Colonie, where we were staying during our Italy tour.

Viki Secrets Italy Tour
Vinci, The Hometown Of Leonardo da Vinci
The Leonardo Museum
Le Colonie: Farm Holidays in Vinci
Viareggio Resort: A Day At The Beach
Florence At Night
Unicorn Festival: Part I
Unicorn Festival: Part II

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Thanks dear Viki for the great report ♥ and the lovely guidance through this interesting museum!

@Xena: I am glad you enjoyed it ♥

Fred Lee Scott on 2014-01-11 17:58

I really enjoyed your pictures and wrighting. Thank you for sharing ! I love it !

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