Da Vinci The Exhibition makes a case for the wandering mind. Being insatiably curious about absolutely everything is what defined Leonardo da Vinci.
With an enigmatic smile, she looks out from the wall of the Louvre. Art collectors and schoolchildren alike know her famous face from art history books, advertising campaigns, and pop culture parodies. She’s the Mona Lisa—the masterpiece of the original Renaissance man, Leonardo da Vinci.
Unquestionably one of history’s greatest artists, Leonardo (da Vinci is not a surname, rather a reference to his hometown) is less well known but perhaps equally accomplished as a scientist. His insatiable curiosity propelled him to query the world around him—from anatomy to architecture, water flow to weapons, the curvature of the human spine to the tongue of a woodpecker.