Biltmore hosts Leonardo da Vinci exhibit – WSOC TV


ASHEVILLE, NC — Art lovers can discover how well-known masterpieces such as Mona Lisa and The Last Supper were created at Biltmore’s latest installation in its Legends of Art & Innovation series.

“Leonardo da Vinci – 500 Years of Genius” is on display at Amherst at Deerpark on the Biltmore grounds until February 20, 2023.

This is the third and final installment in Biltmore’s series of multi-sensory experiences featuring works by famous artists.

The immersive experience includes replicas of da Vinci’s large-scale machine inventions, many of which are interactive, and detailed reproductions of his masterpiece paintings, codices and drawings.

When George Vanderbilt moved into Biltmore House in 1895, it was a model of modern technology. There were electrical wiring, underwater lighting in the house’s basement pool, telephones, and two elevators, both of which were used daily at Biltmore House.

The exhibit complements the ingenuity and innovation that went into designing and building the 250-room Biltmore House.

“I think George Vanderbilt would certainly have been aware of Leonardo da Vinci’s works and legacy – probably more than those who lived during Leonardo da Vinci’s time,” said Meghan Forest, archives and research assistant. Biltmore Conservation.

“He kept a travel journal during a trip to Italy in 1880 in which he discusses his viewing of Leonardo da Vinci’s The Last Supper. Additionally, Vanderbilt’s personal art collection includes a set of miniature paintings by great artists, authors and thinkers of history, Da Vinci is among them.

Twenty models of the machines designed by da Vinci are shown, each model built directly from the pages of the da Vinci codices. The craftsmen who created these designs used materials readily available in the 15th century, including wood, cotton, brass, iron, canvas, and rope.

Exhibitions featuring the works of Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet were shown earlier.

For more information about the exhibition and tickets, Click here.

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