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LEONARDO DA VINCI’S INVENTIONS COME TO LIFE IN BRUGES

Bruges (Belgium) / The multi-faceted Leonardo Da Vinci revives in the Belgian town of Bruges, through an exhibition that interactively recreates one hundred of his best inventions that bring over the visitor to the extraordinary world of the famous Italian painter, architect, architect and sculptor.

The exhibition, which claims to be “the greatest exhibition ever made on Da Vinci,” the curator of the exhibition, Vincent Damseaux, said to EFE. It brings together one hundred models of inventions and machines recreated from the artist’s sketches and constructed by Belgian craftsmen.

Damseaux explained that the project is the result of four years of collaboration with his partner, historian Jean-Christophe Hubert, two dedicated to the study of the project and two others for the realization of models and scenography.

“We started with a blank sheet of paper, using the codices and documents we had, from which to make a first selection of objects,” he said.

In addition, the exhibition also features more than one hundred documents and writings by Leonardo, some of them original, as well as some other contemporary artists such as Michelangelo.

Alternatively, the exhibition exhibits several paintings and sketches by Da Vinci recreated by the contemporary painter Antonio Nunziante with the same practices that used the Renaissance artist five centuries ago.

The space is divided into several rooms dedicated to specific topics: aeronautics, military, mechanics, instruments of measurement, hydraulics, architecture and sketches, texts and replicas.

Among these are designs by the Renaissance genius as the helicopter, the tank, the dark camera or a rotating bridge, some of these interactive that come to life in three dimensions.

For Damseaux, the most interesting part of the exhibition is the recreation of war-related models, for which a third of the project has been dedicated, and that Da Vinci worked especially in the invention of warlike systems and strategies.

“We wanted to make an interactive exhibition because it is aimed at all audiences, including children, schools, families and experts. The fact of touching some models provides a better understanding of how these work.”

Likewise, the different rooms exhibit ten screens with animated 3D models that offer “a better explanation of the project”.

“We always talk about the Monna Lisa and other paintings like The Last Supper, but his main work was about conception. We say that Da Vinci was an inventor, and he is correct, but he also perfected many things, such as the parachute, which existed Previously but that he studied and improved, “he told Efe.

Leonardo, who was already admired by his contemporaries, would be “a great genius in our day”, according to the curator, of having counted on the “techniques and components” that exist today.

The show has been conceived as an itinerant exhibition, and will go from Bruges (western Belgium) in late October to begin a “world tour” that will take it to Turkey, Singapore, Canada, the United States, France, Switzerland and Spain, among others.

Specifically, “Da Vinci, the inventions of a genius” will visit Madrid and Barcelona in 2019, coinciding with the anniversary of the artist’s death.

Damseaux was “surprised” by the success of the exhibition, which hosts 500 visitors daily, has numerous reservations and is estimated to receive around 90,000 people until October 31, date on which will set out on the way to its next destination .

Leonardo Da Vinci is considered by many to be a genius advanced in time, an unrepeatable mind capable of imagining the airplane or the submarine, which contributed profoundly to the development of knowledge in areas as diverse as civil engineering, painting or anatomy. (August 9, 2017, EFE/Practica Español)

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La noticia trata...
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de una exposición retrospectiva sobre toda la obra pictórica de Da Vinci.
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de una exposición sobre los inventos de Da Vinci.
C
de una exposición sobre los autores que influyeron en la obra de Da Vinci.
Question 2
En la noticia se dice que esta exposición...
A
podrá ser vista en varios países de diferentes continentes.
B
solo ve verá en algunos países europeos.
C
solo se podrá ver en Bélgica.
Question 3
En la noticia se dice que...
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el visitante podrá tocar e interactuar con todos los objetos de esta muestra.
B
el visitante podrá interactuar con algunos de los objetos exhibidos.
C
se prohíbe al visitante que toque cualquier objeto de esta exhibición.
Question 4
La posibilidad de interactuar con algunos inventos ayuda al visitante comprenderlos mejor.
A
No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 5
En el texto se dice que esta muestra está dirigida a un sector concreto de la población.
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No se sabe.
B
Verdadero.
C
Falso.
Question 6
Leonardo Da Vinci fue un ingeniero que ideó máquinas para la guerra.
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Falso.
B
Verdadero.
C
No se sabe.
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En el texto se dice que Miguel Ángel es 'coetáneo' de Da Vinci...
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porque fue su maestro.
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porque también era pintor.
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porque vivió en la misma época que este.
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El término 'bélico' lo relacionas con...
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la guerra.
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la verdad.
C
la belleza.
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Una persona 'adelantada a su tiempo'...
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tiene visión de futuro y realiza cosas poco convencionales para su época.
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es muy tradicional y no innova.
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imita a sus coetáneos.
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