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The link between art and science


  • On Show : King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture -  ITHRA - KSA

  • When: 15th March - 14th April 2019

  • Specifications : here

Codex Atlanticus
through time and space 

Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture, in collaboration with NSPRD, and with the support of the Embassy of Italy in Riyadh, are announcing a unique project, curated by Marcello Smarrelli, and entitled: Leonardo da Vinci Codex Atlanticus: Through Time and Space.

Thanks to the exceptional loan by the Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan, which became possible with the support of the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, and the Pontifical Council for Culture, we present to the public, for the first time in Saudi Arabia and in the region, six original papers of Codex

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Atlanticus, selected from those where Leonardo da Vinci works with instruments and tools related to fire and water: two elements opposing each other, but essential for life, the symbols of energy and power.
The exhibition itinerary begins with a journey from the wisdom of the Arab Masters, and through the genius of Leonardo da Vinci finally, reaching our days with the progressive advancement of theories on the theme of energy. At the entrance of the exhibition area, a timeline-a 20-meter-long video wall with more than 30 screens-shows the theoretical path that characterized the Arab golden age and leads us into the modern era.

A journey through 1400 years of history provides an overview of the great achievements of scientific thought in a critical area of our era: energy. The ideal center and focus of the exhibition is the figure of Leonardo da Vinci, an Italian artist and scientist who influenced the history of world thought and art. He was born in Anchiano on April 15, 1452 and died in Amboise on May 2, 151. He was an engineer, painter, scientist, and global talent. The author has left a vast corpus of works to study, admire, and to reflect upon.

The Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo Da Vinci is an extraordinary collection of drawings prepared by the author, which reaffirms the depth and richness of his genius. It covers almost all the topics touched by the artist during his life, and illustrates, several times, the appearance of the names of famous Arab philosophers, mathematicians, and scientists, whose works were also well-known in the West. Without a doubt, we can say that Leonardo was a paradigmatic figure: nature observer, architect, engineer and artist who has maintained the power of his example and his appeal to future generations. Although the sheets of Codex Atlanticus are the main core, in this exhibition, the rare dialogue that we wanted to put on stage is between Philippe Rahm - internationally renowned architect and artist - and the great Renaissance master.

Rahm invites the visitor to enter the mysterious universe for an exciting encounter with the sun and the moon. There are two suspended spheres in diameter of 5 meters which give life to the planetarium where guests can see the stars shine, test their strength, feel the heat and the cold that they originate, hear the sounds they emanate and watch them rise and set. The sun and the moon are inexhaustible sources of energy. They are responsible for the development of life, time and the organization of human and nature activities. Both are ideal geometric shapes that represent the hot and cold poles through which each form of energy is generated.

The exhibition journey ends with the book “Meteorological Constructions” by Philippe Rahm and a video interview with the artist himself, where he will highlight how Leonardo Da Vinci became the inventor of a research method, and a model for the scientist and the artist who never ceased to fascinate and inspire future generations.

Leonardo Da Vinci Codex Atlanticus through time and space is an exhibition conceived and produced by NSPRD in collaboration with the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture and curated by Marcello Smarrelli.


Tailor made project upon request  

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