Leonardo: Virtual Tour with Sabine Hoffmann (with English Subtitles)
More than 500 years after his death, the exhibition "Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos" provides a new look at one of the most fascinating figures in cultural history: Leonardo da Vinci.
In this video tour, curator Sabine Hoffmann guides us through the exhibition, presenting some of the objects, paintings and books that shaped Leonardo's life and work. What can his sketches and commissioned works tell us about Leonardo's early years? How and where did he work in Florence, one of the most important cities of the Renaissance? And what was the artist and scientist's relationship to religion?
Leonardo da Vinci is commonly known as the great inventor of creative machines, the artist of the famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man. But Leonardo was also an avid reader: his personal library contained nearly 200 books on science and technology, literature, and religion. The Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG), with the Museo Galileo and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, has now reconstructed the lost book collection for the exhibition "Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos," where visitors can marvel at many of these outstanding old works. Leonardo's intellectual world is not only displayed through his books, but also brought to life by reproductions of codices, artworks, and objects such as printing cabinets, introducing visitors into the workshop of the artist-scientist-engineer.