Arranged by the Association of Arts with the patronage of the municipality of Trani, in collaboration with the CREATTIVAmens and Leonardo da Vinci Museum in Galatone (Le), the exhibition will host the noble premises of the Palazzo delle Arti Beltrani in Trani (BT) until 21 August 2022 The most significant technical achievements of some Renaissance artist engineers are absolute news and testify to how Leonardo does not represent a unique but the highest and most original sum of the process of renewal of technical knowledge that spanned the entire era. For the first time, it will be possible to admire as many as 22 machines, mostly in full scale and fully functional, designed ad hoc for the ‘site-specific’ surroundings of the Palazzo Beltrani by engineer Giuseppe Manisco. The author made them according to the original projects of the time by artists, architects and engineers with the working techniques of the time such as. heat forging, and then assembled them in the halls of the noble palace of Trani, former seat of the Ivo Scaringi Art Gallery.
The exhibition is fully inscribed in the high-profile cultural programming of the Palazzo delle Arti Beltrani, a unique exhibition theater, inserted into the circuit of Puglia’s library museum coils. It intends to highlight all the importance that architecture, engineering, science and technology assumed during the Renaissance, and proposes the development of the exhibition’s itinerary around these four themes, which become real faces of the same kaleidoscope called culture. Although the Renaissance period is in fact traced back in the common imagination and associated with a unique flourishing in the field of art and letters, the extraordinary development that took place in the field of technical knowledge cannot be overlooked. A process of renewal that began in Italy in the late fourteenth century, to be saturated up to the entire fifteenth century, and which produced a series of extraordinary achievements by artist-engineers valued and coveted by popes, princes and sultans.
The cultural scenario of the fifteenth century manifested an incredible fervor of technical activities, often of extreme audacity and usually performed successfully, of which numerous artists with considerable talent were the protagonists, even before Leonardo entered the field. Figures with multiple skills, not only artistic but also military, mechanical, architectural, hydraulic, who through drawing were able to advance a bridge with the eloquent studies of the most refined humanists. The architectural, mechanical, and scientific treatments were enriched with illustrative skills by these new technicians, exponents of the culture of observing, making, and reproducing, who saw the maximum expression and the most mature and original result in the Vinciano genius.
The exhibit in Trani is a compelling and inevitable journey through history, science, technology and art, starting with Leonardo da Vinci and his intuitions in the field of optics, with the exhibition of the “function of the eye”, of the “telescope”, which Manisco intended to reconstruct according to the instructions written by the Tuscan genius himself (Code F, sheet 25 r), and thus preceded by at least a century the authorship of the invention, historically attributed to Galileo Galilei, the “dark space”. “and the infinite mirrors in the” octagonal mirror space “.
Space also for construction of dams, with models, real models, faithfully reconstructed, of river barriers designed by Baldassarre Peruzzi.
And again, in Trani it will be possible to admire the grandeur of the flourishing of architecture evident in an impressive ‘column-lifting’ machine with rocker arm, designed by Francesco di Giorgio Martini, a huge multi-speed game engine by Filippo Brunelleschi, in full scale 1 : 1, the same used by the great architect to erect the dome of the Cathedral of Florence, which has come down to us thanks to drawings by artists such as Taccola and Giuliano Da Sangallo, and another game designed by the latter.
The jubilation of the technique will be in the comparison of two scenographic hoisting prototypes that can be referred to Mariano Daniello di Jacopo known as Taccola and Leonardo da Vinci, from which further inventions and intuitions will be exhibited.
All the works on display were created by the engineer Giuseppe Manisco, who is already known for being the author of the largest and most evocative collection of machines designed by Leonardo da Vinci, which forms the heart of the museum dedicated to them in Galatone (Le) and ‘object , since 2009, of important national and foreign exhibitions. On Sunday 15 May, the engineer Manisco will return to Trani to personally illustrate the exhibited machines with guided tours at 10.00 – 12.00 – 16.00 and 18.00 for a maximum number of 20 people per. group (exhibition and tour 8.00 euros, minors 5.00).
Exhibition opening hours
The exhibition will be open from Tuesday to Sunday from 10.00 to 18.00. To book, the new Palazzo Beltrani app is available, which can be downloaded for free from the Apple and Google stores, for both tablets and smartphones, or by clicking on the following link: https://www.palazzodelleartibeltrani.it/app- audio guide / or by calling 0883500044 or by sending an e-mail to email@example.com. Tickets can be purchased directly at the ticket office at the Palazzo delle Arti Beltrani.
Admission: 8.00 euros full ticket; 5.00 euros reduced ticket over 65, teachers, minors, students, affiliated associations. The surgical mask must be worn. Admission includes a visit to Ivo Scaringi Art Gallery’s collections.