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The Ontario Science Center Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit

Visionary & Genius

Painter, architect, sculptor, musician, scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist & writer.

Upon witnessing such an intimidating body of work, our own lives achievements are admittedly brought into perspective.

Although Da Vinci’s inventions and manuscript studies may be considered common place in today’s world of ever evolving technology, it is interesting to visually investigate and consider these notions and ideas as he did.

Have you ever watched the way a bird positions its wings as it glides on the wind?  Do you know how this relates to flight methods today?

“Human subtlety will never devise an invention more beautiful, more simple or more direct than does nature because in her inventions nothing is lacking, and nothing is superfluous.”

Though not all of us are blessed with gifts of artistry, innovation and insight, we can certainly all relate to the fascination and  pursuit of both skilled and higher learning. The motivation to better understand our environments and seeking to create, build, or dream of a better world.

My favourite parts of the exhibit were viewing the diary entries, sketches, and recreated living space.

The exhibit allowed for me to really piece together this picture, not of Da Vinci the renaissance man, but rather as a person. Although he was so productive and truly gifted, he seemed also a very humble and respectful man. A man of grace and passion.

“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.”

This quote by Leonardo himself, truly speaks to his own character. He faced the day to day and made leaps and bounds in progress ,while always maintaining his integrity.

Overall this exhibit was a wonderful sensory and reflective experience. An interesting and educational way to spend an afternoon in Toronto.


“As a well-spent day brings happy sleep”






Author:Anna Zissou

Twenty Six. Toronto. Bathurst & St. Clair. I have a wide variety of fine tuned interests. Not exclusively, but especially all things TORONTO! At any given time I am pursing many new projects and interest. I plan to utilize this blog by sharing some of these experiences and insights with you. I am available for free lance creative work including design, photography, copy writing, social media management and more... I am a Curator, Marketing Assistant & General Volunteer at the Riverdale hub Hub. The hub is A progressive non profit organization serving immigrant women. The Hub offers an innovative and affordable green work environment to progressive organizations and individuals and at the same time, provides placement opportunities & training to women-creating a bridge between minority groups and mainstream communities through shared space, kindred spirit and common vision. I also sell handmade wedding accents, accessories, unique apparel & Bohemian Charms on etsy .. contact : anna(at)annazissou(dot com) website: annazissou.com tumblog: annazissou.tumblr.com instagallery: instacanv.as/annalifeaquatic linked in: http://www.linkedin.com/pub/anna-zissou/2b/71/427 etsy: etsy.com/store/annazissou I am the executive assistant & occasional writer at I heart TO. If you are interested in contributing, please get in touch by email!

4 Responses to “The Ontario Science Center Leonardo Da Vinci Exhibit”

  1. January 3, 2012 at 4:39 pm #

    Is the
    DaVinci exhibit still running?

  2. April 7, 2012 at 6:38 am #

    Really interesting work! It always surprises me when people are unaware of Da Vinci’s other talents besides just his paintings and sketches. Some of those inventions were truly genius, and i can’t think of many people who have been more talented than him.

    • June 28, 2012 at 1:45 am #

      He was a truly great man! Did you get a chance to see the exhibit, Tom?

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