Leonardo da Vinci: Experience, Experiment & Design

Victoria and Albert Museum

14 September 2006 – 7 January 2007

Featuring more than sixty examples of Leonardo’s drawings, brought together for the first time from British collections, the exhibition displayed Leonardo’s bound notebooks and single sheets alongside animations and models. Using Leonardo’s intricate diagrams and drawings, the film animations brought his theories to life giving an understanding of his imagination and dynamic visions as never before. Models of his designs included a flying machine, parachute, heart valve and crossbow which illustrated and explained his inventions.

In addition to Leonardo’s inventions, the exhibition also covered his theatrical designs, detailed studies of anatomy and architecture, attempts to solve a series of classical geometrical problems and Leonardo’s fascination with the application and forces of nature.

Exhibition design by Stanton Williams

Curated by Martin Kemp and co-curated by Thereza Wells (Artakt).