Resources beyond American - da Vinci



Resources from the Library of Congress can help support teachers in courses with a global emphasis.  With that in mind and on the occasion of Leonardo da Vinciís birthday, consider a few of the primary resources offered by the Library of Congress:

Perspective of Genius - Looking Beyond the Visible: http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/leonardo/leonardo-beyond.html

Perspective of Genius, an online exhibition, presents da Vinciís Adoration of the Magi, 1491 including Leonardís  sketches for the magnificent alter-piece.  His preparatory studies allow us to understand the process of conceiving the wooden panel, left unfinished when he moved to Milan in 1482.  This precious study, kept in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, is a result of collaboration between the Uffizi Gallery and the Library of Congress.  It is available digitally to bring science, history and art to students and teachers.

Leonardo da Vinci, Adoration of the Magi Reproduction of painting Florence, Uffizi Gallery http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/leonardo/leonardo-exhibit.html

Add in primary sources such as Leonardoís sketch of the operation of a mechanical wing:

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006681096/

And his conception of a water-powered, gear-driven machine for manufacturing cannon barrels:

http://www.loc.gov/pictures/item/2006681097/

Teachers will find lesson plans, resources and ideas at: http://www.loc.gov/loc/kidslc/LGpdfs/leo-teacher.pdf

Human genius, and all that is beyond the visible, offers much for springtime contemplation, does it not?