Painter, sculptor, inventor, scientist, genius, architect, engineer, and man of vision are just some adjectives attached to the Renaissance artist, Leonardo da Vinci. Many believe a versatile, talented, and unique Eshkolot man has not yet been born. Da Vinci inspired many people worldwide and contributed significantly to art, culture, and the development of human technology.
A bit of history: Leonardo di Sir Piero da Vinci was born in 1452, in a small village near Florence, bearing the surprising name Vinci. He began his career interning with the famous Italian artist Verrocchio. Da Vinci also worked for Ludovico il Moro in Milan and Giuliano de Medici in the Vatican. After that, he was even received as a guest in the royal palace of the French King Francis I. Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, in France, with many of his works still unfinished.
Books, works of art, and films have been made to tell his story. Museums dedicated to the creation of Leonardo da Vinci have been established to celebrate his many beautiful works. Likewise, in the heart of the city of Florence in Italy, a museum was opened relatively recently, in 1993. The place is where the man and legend were born and grew up.
The Florence museum presents its exhibits, describing all aspects of Leonardo da Vinci’s life: engineering, science, anatomy, painting, and sculpture. Some claim that this is the most authentic and diverse museum created in memory of the artist. Divided by subject into different exhibitions, you can see dozens of amazing displays of aviation machines, anatomical models, tools, weapons, and cannons decades ahead of their time.
Another part of the museum is dedicated to the artist’s famous paintings and sculptures, such as the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, which even received their private complex. It is recommended to come with cameras drawn because this is the only time you will be able to see them all concentrated together.
The museum is a beautiful way to enrich your knowledge and understand the great work of the great man. The learning is delivered fascinatingly: by audio, visual, and interactive means so that the experience can be enjoyable and suitable for all ages. Adjacent to the museum from the outside is a study center with an extensive library full of books, papers, and magazines about him.
Opening times – every day of the week, 10:00-19:00. From November to February, the museum closes an hour earlier, at 18:00. The museum is closed to visitors on December 24-25.
Prices – a regular entrance ticket to the museum costs 7 euros. Students and adults over 65 have a discounted ticket for 5 euros. People with disabilities and children under 6 years of age enter for free. Groups over 15 people receive a discount – 4 euros per person.
How to get there – a 10-minute walk from the center of Florence. You can also take bus lines 1 and 14 to the Stazione Nazionale station.