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​Jordan - The universal genius of Leonardo is on show in Amman. A tale of science extending from the past into the future

Date:

11/08/2017


​Jordan - The universal genius of Leonardo is on show in Amman. A tale of science extending from the past into the future

The universal genius of Leonardo da Vinci has landed in Jordan and becomes the leit-motif linking science and technology through time, from the past to the future. The Jordan Museum in Amman is hosting an exhibition entitled "Leonardo's Machines: Italian excellence over the centuries." The exhibition, which will remain open to the public until 7 December, will showcase a selection of models of some of Leonardo's machines made specifically by Florentine craftsmen. The models are on loan by the Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Florence. 
The Italian Ambassador to Amman, Giovanni Brauzzi, said that the exhibit represents the Italian contribution to the success of the World Science Forum 2017, an event jointly promoted by UNESCO and the International Council for Science (ICSU), and which runs from 7 to 11 November, 2017. It is the first time that the Forum has been held in Jordan. Several Jordanian researchers attended the opening ceremony, bearing witness to the reaching of science through time and into the future. They have been able to participate in training and research programs, which the Crown Prince Foundation addresses specifically to the young people of Jordan. Some researchers recently completed a training period at the Ames NASA center in California, where they designed the first Jordanian satellite, which will be launched next spring. "Leonardo's Machines: Italian excellence over the centuries" was organized by the Embassy of Italy in Jordan in collaboration with Leonardo, a global high technology company operating in the Aerospace, Defense and Security fields.


HRH Rajwa Bint Ali, artist and sculptor and Head of the Royal Society of Fine Arts, and the Museum's Director General, Ihab Amarin, also participated in the event that was under the patronage of HRH Princess Wijdan Al-Hashemi.


The exhibition focuses on the models of some of Leonardo's machines drawn from the famous technological studies contained in Leonardo's codes, and built by the master craftsman and curator of the exhibition, Gabriele Niccolai. The exhibition includes a section which the University of Florence has developed on purpose for the Amman show to present discoveries and inventions made by Arab scientists in the Middle Ages and that were known to Leonardo da Vinci. 


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