Leonardo da Vinci Exhibition in Cape Town

If you’re a fan of art, design or just plain genius then you will want to visit the amazing exhibition showcasing the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci that is currently taking place in Cape Town. Da Vinci – The Genius is the most comprehensive traveling exhibition ever compiled on Leonardo da Vinci and is currently taking place at Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower V&A Waterfront until 9 February 2014.

The ingenuity, innovation and marvels of Leonardo da Vinci’s world as an artist, inventor, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, mathematician, architect and all-round Renaissance thinker are brought to life in a wide-ranging and stimulating exhibition. The interactive experience will immerse visitors in Leonardo’s timeless brilliance through full-scale interpretations of his inventions and unparalleled studies of his iconic art with over 200 unique pieces including 75 life-size machine inventions built using materials from Leonardo’s era and three-dimensional renderings of his most notable Renaissance works. They will be able to push, pull, crank and interact with many of these exhibits for a hands-on understanding of the scientific principles behind them.

One of the most enthralling components of the exhibition will be an astonishing unveiling of 25 secrets about his most famous creation, the Mona Lisa. Over a two-year period, Vincian expert and scientific engineer, Pascal Cotte, was given unprecedented access to the painting and was able to photograph the canvas using a cutting-edge 240 megapixel camera – invented expressly for the purpose – which enabled him to literally unpeel layers of varnish and paint to allow an eye-opening, in-depth analysis of the world‟s most famous, and treasured, painting.

Da Vinci – the Genius is a must-see for visitors of all ages and backgrounds, providing an educational, entertaining and enlightening experience whether they are art, history, engineering, mathematics, medicine or general philosophy aficionadas – or if they are simply seeing the depth and breadth of Leonardo’s work for the very first time.


All of the inventions brought to life for Da Vinci – The Genius were crafted by Italian artisans, many using techniques and materials from the Renaissance period. Scouring more than 6,000 pages from Leonardo’s personal notebooks, the artisans deciphered hidden clues, intentional mistakes and mirror-image writing that he employed to keep his works top secret. Visitors will also enjoy a glimpse into Leonardo’s mysterious alphabet and writing techniques – Did you know he was left-handed!

Here is a little video to give you a glimpse as to what it is all about!

Other key attractions of the exhibition include:

– reproductions of his famous paintings The Virgin of the Rocks, and The Annunciation;
– the controversial new Leonardo discovery Bella Principessa;
– his remarkable and ahead-of-their time anatomical sketches;
– preparatory drawings of the Anghiari Battle, a painting that is presently lost but
– believed to be hidden by a fresco on a Florentine palace;
– three-dimensional interactive presentations of The Last Supper – the painting
– famously featured by author Dan Brown in The Da Vinci Code – the Vitruvian Man
– and the Sforza Horse sculpture that offer never before seen perspectives on these famous works;
– educational activities for children.


Date: 27 November 2013 – 9 February 2014
Opening Times: Doors open every day 9:00 to 21:00.
Venue: Chavonnes Battery Museum, Clock Tower V&A Waterfront

Ticket Prices
Adults: R140 per person
Seniors (60+)/ Students (18+): R110 per person
Children (Ages 6-17): R90 per person
Children (5 and younger): Free
Family Tickets (2 Adults & 2 Children): R400

Tickets available online at www.davinciexhibition.co.za and www.webtickets.co.za and at the venue.

Kathryn Rossiter

Kathryn is a South African lifestyle blogger and mom of 2 who has been blogging daily for over 9 years! She writes about travel, health, beauty, fashion, decor and family... but not food (unless it's food she's eaten made by someone else) as she is a hopeless cook. She only wakes up early for 2 things... a red-eye flight to somewhere exotic and early morning game drives. She has just finished an extensive home renovation and would prefer to never see another box again. She's never met a chocolate or glass of bubbles that she didn't like!