Leonardo’s bicycle at MOSI in Manchester

March 26, 2010 by  

If you saw a picture of this wooden bicycle would you think it was a child’s toy or a prototype of some Victorian inventor? You’d be closer on the latter, but the inventor in question was Leonardo da Vinci, better known as the painter of the Mona Lisa and other artistic masterpieces.

Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Museum of Science and Industry in Manchester

As I learned when I visited the Da Vinci Exhibition at the Museum of Science and Industry or MOSI in Manchester recently, Da Vinci was a painter of portraits, frescos, detailed anatomy studies, a gifted musician and a prolific inventor.

The exhibition was filled with many working models of his inventions, created from his miniscule but detailed sketches including flying machines, time recording devices, models of Utopian cities as well as this bicycle. It made me laugh to think of the streets of 15th century Florence filled with people on bicycles – perhaps if the sketches had become a reality what changes in history there might have been, if people could get around so much more easily. Leonado was a man who dreamed ahead of his time.

You’ll be hearing more about the creative things I found on my visit to Manchester as a guest of CreativeTourist.com whose website will guide you through what’s on in art, exhibitions and museums in Manchester – and there’s an awful lot!

You can find out more about the Da Vinci exhibition on the MOSI website - the Museum is free although the entrance charge for this special exhibition is £7.50 and it’s on until 13 June 2010.

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14 Comments on "Leonardo’s bicycle at MOSI in Manchester"

  1. Amy @ The Q Family on Fri, 26th Mar 2010 2:14 pm 

    How neat! We recently visited our Art museum here in Atlanta when they had special exhibit of Da Vinci. It was very educational and surprisingly fun for our kids. But we didn’t have the Bicycle model though.

  2. Abi from Inside the Travel Lab on Fri, 26th Mar 2010 4:00 pm 

    The story of Da Vinci’s life and achievements is absolutely incredible (well before Dan Brown got on the scene ;) )

  3. Caitlin @ Roaming Tales on Fri, 26th Mar 2010 10:37 pm 

    Da Vinci is such an inspiration – the ultimately Renaissance man, literally and figuratively!

  4. Dominique on Sat, 27th Mar 2010 10:02 pm 

    I always wondered what some of those drawings you see of Da Vinci’s might look like if he built the machines!

  5. Barbara at Hole in the Donut Travels on Sun, 28th Mar 2010 4:27 am 

    I saw a similar exhibit in Italy. DaVinci was an amazing inventor and philosopher.

  6. Gourmantic on Sun, 28th Mar 2010 4:48 am 

    What an exciting piece of history! Must be inspiring to be standing so close to it.

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  8. Keith on Mon, 29th Mar 2010 6:58 pm 

    And, I remember an AUTHORITATIVE source (Mee’s Children’s Encyclopaedia) claiming that HJ Lawson invented the bicycle as we know it in 1883. Guess you shouldn’t believe all you read.

  9. Mark H on Wed, 31st Mar 2010 9:55 pm 

    The Leonardo exhibition must get around as I also saw a variation in Sydney. It is staggering to see his range of ideas on top of offering us the Mona Lisa and Last Supper. I think he is the most remarkable man to have lived over the last millennium – his legacies in medical knowledge, art, sculpture, aeronautics, town planning, millitary tactics and science still offer ideas in the 21st century, though he didn’t tend to see his ideas through to fruition. A thinker so far ahead of his time. Yet he was very unusual for his day – left-handed(the work of the devil back then), homosexual, vegetarian, passivist, born illegitimate. Maybe being a bit out of society let his free thinking blossom rather than being restricted by the thinking and beliefs of the day.

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  13. theblz on Fri, 11th Jun 2010 8:44 pm 

    Didn’t you read the sign (in your pic) next to the wooden bike? It clearly says that the drawing is most definitely a hoax, added to the page of the codice long after Leonardo had died.

  14. Heather Cowper on Fri, 11th Jun 2010 10:02 pm 

    @thebiz Eek – I guess I was so taken with the idea I should have read more closely – glad I have you to put me right on these matters:)

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