Welcome to the official Web site for Leonardo da Vinci. I thought with the large splash of success that Dan Brown’s “The da Vinci Code” has made in the media lately, it would be interesting to explore da Vinci himself.
On the main page that you load in on, there are a lot of interesting featured information and articles, so take your time exploring them. You’ll find navigation on the gray bar across the page. The sections are Leonardo da Vinci, Exhibitions, L3 Studies, Machines and Paintings.
Leonardo da Vinci – This page is divided up into sections. Learn all about da Vinci here with a fantastic timeline and manuscripts. The time line spans from 1452 to 1519 and each date has information associated with it.
Exhibitions – Here you can see where da Vinci’s works are being exhibited. You can also check out a streaming video in either low or high resolution. This video allows you to check out highlights of the exhibitions from all over the world. If you click on the picture from each exhibit, you are taken to that exhibit’s page where you can see more photo highlights.
L3 Studies – This section is well worth exploring. The L3 team has been working on studying some of the machines that are not as well known from the manuscripts, as well as, more well known machines. You get to learn all about the projects and see some great photos of the progress they’ve made. This is by far my favorite section.
Machines – Well, if you guessed you would learn all about da Vinci’s machines in this section, you are right! You can either scroll right down the page or you can use the jump links at the top of the page. There are a lot of machines to check out, from flying machines to musical machines. There are also machines of the same type designed by other engineers of that time period. Very neat!
Paintings – Here you can learn all about the paintings that Leonardo da Vinci painted or had a hand in painting. There are also some that are just thought to be his work. Each painting has two scales directly under the painting and under the text describing the painting. The scale under the painting depicts how sure they are that the artwork is da Vinci’s and the scale under the text states when it was painted on the timeline. From famous works of art like the Mona Lisa to less famous pieces, you can really experience his artwork in this section.
Now, I leave you to explore. There’s a lot on this site to discover, so make sure you take your time!