The Italian Embassy and Istituto Italiano di Cultura are holding a traveling exhibition in Jakarta from Feb. 6 to March 3 to commemorate the death of Leonardo da Vinci 500 years ago. Entitled "Leonardo Opera Omnia," the exhibition at the Bank Mandiri Museum in Central Jakarta shows the old master's Renaissance masterpieces in high-definition and full-scale reproductions.
The reproductions include two of Leonardo's most famous paintings: The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda. The exhibition is curated by Prof. Antonio Paolucci, one of Italy's most distinguished art experts, who said he aims to provide a fresh perspective to understand Leonardo's sophisticated genius and creativity.
Leonardo became famous not only because of his beautiful paintings but also his avant-garde scientific research. In his notebooks, he sketched a primitive design of a helicopter and drew the complete anatomy of the human body.
He also invented sfumato, a painting technique based on a deep understanding of the human body and a brilliant mixture of light and shadow.