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Charleston Clay Center opens exhibit

November 7, 2018

CHARLESTON — Just opened Saturday, Nov. 3, Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences is presenting “Da Vinci — Inventions,” the most comprehensive exploration of Leonardo da Vinci’s work ever created, for a limited engagement in Charleston. The interactive experience will immerse guests in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of the mastermind’s inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art. The exhibit runs through March 10, 2019.

“Da Vinci — Inventions” demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable genius as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician and architect. An extensive range of unique pieces includes numerous examples of his machine inventions, and entertaining animations of da Vinci’s most notable Renaissance works. Visitors will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

“This exhibition was created by Grande Exhibitions to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci’s great works and place them all together in a single location where people can come and marvel at the brilliance of this great mind. We’re delighted to bring this exceptional project to the Juliet Art Museum at the Clay Center,” said Jessica O’Hearn, Artistic Curator of Juliet Art Museum. ”‘Da Vinci — Inventions’” offers visitors of all ages and backgrounds an entertaining, educational and enlightening experience, whether they are art and history aficionados or seeing da Vinci’s work for the first time.”

Created under the auspices of the Museo Leonardo da Vinci — Rome, Italy, and with the assistance of a number of experts in Italy, “Da Vinci — Inventions” celebrates one of the most revered and dynamic minds of all time. The exhibition features 16 compelling themed areas of da Vinci’s work, offering visitors an unmatched look inside the mind of the ultimate Renaissance man who laid the groundwork for some of modern society’s most impactful inventions, such as the helicopter, airplane, automobile, submarine, parachute and bicycle.

All the inventions brought to life for “Da Vinci — Inventions” were crafted by Italian artisans, many using the same techniques and materials from the Renaissance period. Scouring more than 6,000 pages from da Vinci’s personal codices (notebooks), the Artisans deciphered hidden clues, intentional mistakes and mirror-image writing that da Vinci employed to keep his works top secret.

Visitors are invited to embrace the history, theory and objective behind each of da Vinci’s designs and artworks through engaging and entertaining technologies. Highlights include reproductions of Virgin of the Rocks, and The Annunciation, the controversial new Leonardo discovery Bella Principessa, amazing anatomical sketches, the preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, and educational animation presentations of The Last Supper, projected at actual size, the Vitruvian Man, and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer never before seen perspectives on these famous works. Guests also will enjoy a glimpse into da Vinci’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques as they browse touch-screen versions of his actual codices.

The exhibition was developed by Grande Exhibitions, under the kind auspices of the Commune di Roma, Commune di Firenze and Citta Di Venezia.

Doors open to the public at 10 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 3. Admission to “Da Vinci — Inventions” is included in the cost of admission to the Clay Center for the Arts & Sciences, available for purchase at at the Clay Center box office. Prices are: $9, $7.50 for children, Clay Center members are free. “Da Vinci - Inventions” will be open during regular Clay Center hours through March 10.

Go online at https://www.theclaycenter.org/ for more info.

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