Masterful genius meets modern marvel: Leonardo at THE LUME Melbourne

By Our Reporter
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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to step inside the mind of a genius? THE LUME Melbourne offers just that with its latest unveiling, “Leonardo da Vinci—500 Years of Genius,” set to open in March 2024. This immersive experience is a journey through the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci, a name synonymous with the zenith of creative genius.

After revolutionising the Australian art scene with “Van Gogh at THE LUME,” which transformed the way art is experienced, THE LUME Melbourne is now set to captivate audiences once more. The new experience promises an intimate encounter with Leonardo’s masterpieces, including “Mona Lisa” and “The Last Supper,” displayed on a grand scale at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. This novel presentation enables visitors to immerse themselves in the grandeur and intricacies of these artworks, offering a perspective not feasible in traditional museum settings.

Leonardo da Vinci, known for his masterpieces, also made pioneering contributions to fields like architecture, engineering, and even flight, laying foundations for many modern innovations. His influence extends beyond his era, making his legacy profound and far-reaching.

THE LUME’s upcoming experience is more than a stroll through an art gallery; it’s an immersive world where art and reality blend. Engaging all senses, the exhibition takes visitors through a chronological narrative set against the backdrop of Renaissance Italy. The journey through the streets of Florence, the canals of Venice, and the grandeur of Milan recreates the ambiance of the Renaissance, offering insights into Leonardo’s life and the human side of this maestro.

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Bruce Peterson, Owner and CEO of THE LUME Melbourne, emphasises Leonardo’s immeasurable contributions to art, science, and innovation. The exhibition aims to celebrate Leonardo’s genius and underscore the relevance of his ideas in today’s world. THE LUME Melbourne, a pioneer in fusing art and technology, is proud to bring this legacy to life in a manner that resonates with all ages.

A highlight of the exhibition is the display of 50 “machine inventions,” crafted based on Leonardo’s sketches and on loan from the Museo Leonardo da Vinci in Rome. These inventions include flying machine concepts that predate human flight by over 400 years. This showcase offers a tangible connection to the ingenious spirit of the Renaissance.

Another significant aspect of the experience is dedicated to the pioneering work of French Optical Engineer Mr. Pascal Cotte, consultant to The Louvre Museum. His multispectral camera research has revealed previously hidden details of the “Mona Lisa,” offering a new perspective on this iconic masterpiece. The exhibition includes a unique 360o replica of the “Mona Lisa,” made from Cotte’s research, providing an unparalleled opportunity for admirers of Leonardo’s work.

The experience also expands into the broader Renaissance period, featuring the works of da Vinci’s contemporaries like Botticelli, Michelangelo, Caravaggio, and Artemisia Gentileschi. This visual feast showcases the artistic marvels of the Italian Renaissance.

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In partnership with Webuild, THE LUME Melbourne is bringing this experience to Australia, aligning with da Vinci’s spirit of uniting engineering with the arts. This partnership reflects a joint commitment to fostering innovation, culture, and community enrichment through the arts.

Meanwhile, THE LUME Melbourne’s current experience, “Connection,” featuring First Peoples’ art and culture, has been extended until 4th February 2024. This experience presents over 550 artworks from more than 110 visual and musical artists, making it the largest experience of First Peoples’ art ever assembled.

“Leonardo da Vinci—500 Years of Genius” will be a permanent fixture at THE LUME Melbourne from 16 March 2024. Early-bird pricing is available, with adult tickets starting from $44.90. A special dual entry ticket is also offered for $79.90, granting access to both “Connection” and “Leonardo da Vinci.” For more information and tickets, visit

This exhibition promises to be an unforgettable experience, offering a deep dive into the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the timeless beauty of the Renaissance.

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