The theatre performance by actor Massimiliano Finazzer Flory attempts to discover the true story of Leonardo da Vinci and discover the artist, scientist, inventor and his secrets, his method of work, his passions and advice. The performance runs every Saturday from May 9th to October 31st at 6.00 pm.
The Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci is a massive museum. A labyrinth where around every corner there is a learning experience. The performance was a completely unexpected event. It was less of a play and more of a conversation between the moderator and the actor playing da Vinci. The show began with a narrator describing the scene. Then, Leonardo arrived. Always referring to him as “Maestro”. The two men had a conversation whilst the narrator asked thought provoking questions which lasted for an hour. It was intimate yet complex for the audience.
The actor undoubtedly inhabited the soul of what Leonardo must have been like, although many understand that da Vinci was sort of a mystery, rightfully so. Yet, da Vinci is undoubtedly revered and remembered as a genius, his inventions, art, anatomy and so much more helped shape the modern world. Where would we be without Leonardo da Vinci? Do words fall short of describing his greatness? We can hold true that he was a global treasure, an innovator of his time that ultimately changed the human condition.
The audience was adequately seated which allowed for the intimate experience and perception of the interaction of the conversation. It became conversational rather than just a conversation, which allowed the audience to ultimately relate. Additionally, we as the audience could feel as if we were back in the time of Leonardo. The Leonardo character was passionate yet despair lingered in his words. He used silence as a way to engage the audience as well as a meditative technique. At times he seemed bored or as if we should already know the answers.
The play ended with lingering advice on life that only da Vinci knew but would not tell the audience. This metaphor plays on the meaning of life. The significance of this secret speaks to Leonardo’s mystery and ultimately as to why we revere him so. Such is why to this day we do not understand Leonardo da Vinci; maybe we are not meant to.
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