Maiori: the Museum of Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci has come to the heart of the Amalfi Coast. At Palazzo Mezzacapo, from May to October, it is possible to admire and try out the magnificent machines that the Tuscan genius designed in mid 1400.
The collaboration between the Municipality of Maiori, the Cultural Association La Feluca, and the Organization Il Genio di Leonardo, based in Florence, will allow those who visit Maiori this summer to spend pleasant moments of great culture between a day at the beach and a walk in the Lattari mountains.
The museum dedicated to Leonardo Da Vinci is a traveling exhibition which, after the Amalfi Coast, will be set up in more or less faraway places including the United States, China, Athens, Ankara, Istanbul, Vienna. The initiative aims at offering visitors the chance to not only see live the greatest inventions of the Genius of the Renaissance, but also to experience firsthand their evocative power. This is a unique experience for all ages, that well deserves a break between a sunbathing and an Aperitivo at a bar in Maiori or any other resort along the Divine Coast.
The setting up of the exhibition by the Organization Il Genio di Leonardo (Florence) has been superb. The work has been carried out in minute detail: Leonardo’s machines, all working and in the intended size, have been built entirely of wood, and are a precision work that requires both appropriate technology and human skills.
The exhibition is cleverly designed, and interactivity enables visitors to experience themselves the spirit of Leonardo, his research, the logical-mental processes underlying his work, his knowledge of materials as described in his Codes. All this, in the intent of curators, must go beyond the direct experience of Leonardo’s works, and should rather encourage, especially young audiences, to understand the value of creativity and insight, the effort to continually improve, to define development ‘models’.
Maiori, one of the many pearls of the Amalfi Coast, becomes a place where skills, talent, precision and matter imply a new way of thinking, which comes from afar, but that is more relevant than ever and applicable to the future.
The exhibition at Palazzo Mezzacapo is open daily Monday through Friday from 4pm to 10pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, also in the morning from 10am to 1pm.