An exhibit in Rome sheds new light on Leonardo da Vinci’s versatility as architect, engineer and a visionary, many of whose inventions were precursors of today’s technological achievements.
A piano-size model of a self-moving machine based on drawings from 1478, more than 400 years before the first modern automobile.
Several of Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas are seen as precursors of inventions that came to be many centuries later. For example, airscrew’s concept of vertical movement is found in modern helicopters.
One of Leonardo’s famous flying machines — a glider that recreates the movement of birds.
Leonardo’s parachute consists of linen cloth held open by a pyramid of wooden poles. He wrote that with such a device anyone could jump from any height without injury.
The swing bridge was part of Leonardo’s intense work on military architecture and equipment. The bridge has a single parabolic span made up of lattice-reinforced beams.