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Da Vinci Exhibit Debuts Saturday at Peoria Riverfront Museum

Nov 22, 2019

The Peoria Riverfront Museum is displaying a collection of the works of the ultimate Renaissance Man: Leonardo da Vinci.

"Da Vinci - The Genius" highlights da Vinci's prowess as an inventor, painter, and architect.

Museum curator Bill Conger says da Vinci was like Thomas Edison, Pablo Picasso and Frank Lloyd Wright rolled up into one person. da Vinci was a polymath who excelled in several fields.

"What we have here is kind of a look into da Vinci's mind," Conger said. 

The exhibit includes what's touted as the world's most accurate reproduction of the Mona Lisa. Visitors can view the famous painting from all sides. 

The reproduction was created by French scientific engineer Pascal Cotte, who was given access to the original at the Louvre in Paris.

"A super megapixel copy, where every little crack in the paint of this 500-year-old painting can be seen. And what we have hanging next to us here, is that exact replica, of the Mona Lisa," said museum president John Morris. 

The exhibit also features da Vinci's codices where he first hashed out his work...as well as scale models of many of his inventions, like a cannon and a scuba suit.

The exhibit opens tomorrow.

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