Friday, February 7, 2014

da Vinci

Yea, I'm way overdue to post something to the blog, so I finally dug out the camera and took a few pictures when Brion and I drove from Quartzsite to Parker. We visited the Bluewater Casino there where they had a special exhibit on Leonardo da Vinci.

It consisted of copies of some of his technical drawings, like this famous one of his flying machine.

There were also models of some of his drawings/inventions. Some of these were hands on, like this one of a connecting rod. It was nice to see how some of these things looked in 3D and how they worked. Though there were some more interesting than this one, the setup and lighting was such that it was difficult to get a good photo.

There were also copies of many of his paintings, including this which is said by some to be the most famous painting in the world.

There were descriptions with each of the paintings telling about what they were painted with and on, when, what condition they're now in and some stories about the artwork.

This was the largest, of course, and since I've never seen the original, I was surprised to see how big it is. The lighting here was exceptionally bad and this is the best of the pictures I took. I couldn't get a picture of the whole thing with my little point and shoot camera since there were displays of other things in the way.

There was a timeline of da Vinci's life which showed where he was living, what drawings/inventions were done in that year, what paintings were done and other historical facts to give some perspective of what was going on around him at that time.

Overall, it was okay, but very much overpriced. Still, it was a decent adventure for the day.


  1. Wait! The casino charged for the exhibit ???? You'd think they would have it to draw people in. Hopefully not cheap people like you and me who don't gamble. :D

  2. Still cheaper than a ticket to Italy!

  3. Interesting - you always find the most educational places!

    It was really nice catching up with you again at Quartzsite, and also meeting and visiting with Brion. Hopefully we'll meet up in New Mexico this summer. Can't wait to hit some of those campgrounds. :)

  4. I wonder what Da Vinci would have thought about an exhibit in a casino? Probably would have figured out how to break the bank:)

  5. I didn't go to the Blue Water Casino to see the exhibit. It sounds like it was very good! Thanks for the input from you about it!