Wednesday, June 24, 2015

SPECIAL SNEAK PEAK OFFER - DaVinci & Michelangelo Side by Side Exhibition - June 25-28th

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I have some exciting news for my readers in the Southeast area. An amazing traveling exhibition has just arrived in Atlanta and will only be here for a short time. The “DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side” traveling exhibition is on loan from the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, and officially opens to the public on July 1st. However they were ahead of schedule on the set up and the exhibition is ready to go! So they have offered our readers a sneak peak this weekend June 25th - 28th. But that's NOT all they are also offering our readers a 2 for 1 admission SPECIAL. YUP that's right simply print out a copy of this blog post and receive 2 admissions for just $18.95 this week only before it is even open to the public (good for two adults or one adult and one child).

My kids are really excited to see this exhibit. One is a budding artist who really admires DaVinici and Michelangelo and the other loves to build, dismantle and solve problems much like the famous DaVinici. We will be there...will you?

The museum-quality exhibition will be on display at Perimeter Point, 1155 Mount Vernon HwySuite 150, Atlanta, GA 30338 through October 21, 2015. 

More about the exhibit:
The exhibition compares and contrasts DaVinci and Michelangelo’s masterpieces that defined their individual talents and beliefs. The DaVinci machines are reproductions from his drawings, as no originals exist today. The statues from Michelangelo are first generation casts making every piece exact to the originals.

“Most people don’t get to see all, if any, of these masterpieces,” explained Mark Rodgers, North American Producer and Curator of the exhibition. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to not only see these masterpieces but to see them up close and at one location.”

Some of the highlights and comparisons in the exhibition include:
  • Mona Lisa - Pieta
  • Vitruvian Man – David
  • Ideal CityVatican City & St. Peter’s Dome
  • Last Supper – Sistine Chapel
  • Battle of Anghiari – Battle of Cascina
“Not everybody realizes DaVinci and Michelangelo were alive during the same time but were also bitter rivals,” explained Rodgers, “When discussing the Italian Renaissance you can’t talk about one without the other.”

The DaVinci Exhibition contains over 60 hand-crafted inventions built from Leonardo’s 500 year old designs and is the life work of three generations of Florentine artisans, who have painstakingly brought to life the creations by the brilliant scientist, inventor and artist Leonardo DaVinci.With over 60 machines on display, many of which are interactive, the collection features replicas of the major and most striking inventions of the original Renaissance Man. The main features on display include the “bicycle”, “spring powered car”, “hang glider” and the “air screw”, a precursor to the helicopter and for the first time ever, the secrets behind Leonardo’s legendary robotic lion.  This exhibition presents over 60 models grouped in themes: War machines, Flying machines, Nautical & Hydraulic machines, as well as devices illustrating the Principles of Mechanics. The interactive machines are a popular aspect of each exhibition as visitors can touch and handle these models to gain a first-hand appreciation of how they work. Explanatory notes and illustrative panels with Leonardo’s drawings accompany each model.

Side by Side are Michelangelo’s sculptures, paintings and architecture.  All of Michelangelo’s  sculptures are actual, full size casts from the National Academy of Cast Making in Florence, Italy,  Notable casts statues include the life size head of David, as well as the Pieta, whose depiction of Mary holding Jesus’ body grips the viewer with maternal grief. Elsewhere, visitors get up close to examine the details in his famed Sistine Chapel frescos. High-quality reproductions let guests gaze at The Creation of Adam in the sort of detail known only to professional restorers. DaVinci’s Masterpieces on display are his licensed reproductions masterpieces framed to the exact size of the original artwork.

Pricing and other information:
“DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side” is a ticketed exhibition. Children three and under are free with a paying adult. Children 4-12 years old are $14.95. Seniors (65+) and teachers (with school ID) are $16.95. Adults are $18.95.

The exhibition offers docent and self-guided tours. Docent guided tours are pre-scheduled and visitors can check the website or call for daily times. Self-guided tours require a smart device with Internet capabilities. Visitors who self guide should bring both their own smart device and headphones. Docent and self-guided tours are included in price of admission.

The exhibition also offers group discount pricing. Student groups of 20 or more are $10 per person. Adult groups of 20 or more are $15 per person. All groups must be prearranged in order to receive the discount and receive a private docent-guided tour.

Admission hours for the exhibit are MondayFriday: 10am – 5pm; Saturday: 10am – 9pm; Sunday: 12 noon – 5pm.

Parking is accessible at the public parking lot available at Perimeter Pointe. There is no charge for parking.  

For teachers and homeschoolers you must check out the awesome teachers guide.

For additional information about the “DaVinci & Michelangelo: Side by Side” exhibition visit or call 470-395-4888. Make sure you follow them on Facebook too.

We hope to see you there!

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