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.
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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