Temporary exhibitions

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The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius
Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius
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Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
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Florence, Museo Galileo (10.10.2019 – 12.01.2020)

Can one have perpetual motion? The search for the perfect machine, which would work with total efficiency and be self-sufficient ad infinitum, occupied natural philosophers and engineers from the Middle Ages onwards.

Leonardo da Vinci and perpetual motion. Working model of recirculating-water mill after Francesco di Giorgio, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo da Vinci and perpetual motion. Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo da Vinci and perpetual motion. Guided tour with reconstructions in augmented reality of the exhibited models, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo da Vinci and perpetual motion. Augmented reality reconstructions of the models on display, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo e il moto perpetuo. Postazioni per la consultazione delle fonti, Firenze, Museo Galileo
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Montepulciano, Fortezza (25.05.2019 – 08.09.2019)

In 1502 and 1503 Leonardo da Vinci traveled across Tuscany, drawing up splendid hydrological maps...

Leonardo e i suoi libri. La biblioteca del Genio Universale
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Firenze, Boboli Gardens, Limonaia Grande 21.06.2019 – 06.10.2019)

Trajan’s Column was inaugurated in 113 AD. It is an engineering feat of incredible complexity which bears witness to the heights attained by Roman civilization in the art of building.

The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Portrait of Trajan, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. The marble’s journey, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Treadmill Crane, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Exhibition hall with machine models, Florence, Limonaia di Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Models realized by the sculptor Capotondi, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. The sculptor Claudio Capotondi, author of the models on display, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column. Cast of the column and portraits of Dacians, Florence, Limonaia of Boboli
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Leonardo e i suoi libri. La biblioteca del Genio Universale
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Florence, Museo Galileo (06.06.2019 – 22.09.2019)

Leonardo was not at all—as generally retained—“an unlettered man”. An avid reader, he owned nearly two hundred books, an extraordinary number for a 15th-century artist-engineer.

Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. In Leonardo's Studio, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. Leonardo's Studio, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. The Books of Nature, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. Leonardo the Reader, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. The Partnership with Luca Pacioli, Florence, Museo Galileo
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius. 3D reconstructions of Leonardo's studio, Florence, Museo Galileo
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Water as Microscope of Nature. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester
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(2018-2019)

The exhibition focuses on water, an element that intrigues Leonardo. He acutely investigated on its elementary structure, in order to exploit its energy and control its often disastrous effects.

Leonardo da Vinci. Anatomies: Machines, Human Body, Nature

(2018)

One of the most innovative aspects of Leonardo’s contribution is his analysis of the “organs” of machines, that he considered not as an indivisible whole, but as an assemblage of distinct parts.

Piero della Francesca: The Fascination of Perspective
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(2018)

The exhibition stages the “two souls” of Piero della Francesca, who was both an exquisite painter and a great mathematician.

Pompeii: The Immortal City

(2017)

This is a remake of the Homo Faber exhibition which was organized by the Museo Galileo in 1999 to reveal the extraordinary level of naturalistic, scientific and technical knowledge achieved in Pompeii and the Roman world on the eve of Vesuvius eruption in 79 AD.

Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades
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Stia (AR), Museo dell’Arte della Lana (March 15, 2014 – June 30, 2018

An exhibition divided into two sections: antique bicycles from the Museo Galileo collections and the so-called “biciclette dei mestieri” from Marco Paoletti’s collection.

Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
Cycling through the Past: Stories of Men and Trades. Exhibition hall, Florence, Museo Galileo
"Tutti in bicicletta", a competition organized by the Museo Galileo of Florence for the exhibition "Cycling through the Past"
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