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Da Vinci’s top work artfully brought to life

Posted by GoreMaster Special Effects on October 19, 2009

Leonardo Da Vinci

by Kylie Northover– TheAge.com.au

For a man who died almost five centuries ago, Leonardo Da Vinci is certainly hot right now – in North Melbourne, Peter Greenaway’s installation based on Leonardo Da Vinci’s Last Supper is bringing in the crowds and at Southbank the world premiere of Anatomy to Robots has opened in a purpose-built pavilion.

More than three years in the making, Italian exhibition Anatomy to Robots features a collection of life-sized, three-dimensional models, interactive robotics and machines inspired by anatomy.

RobotsDa Vinci’s visions have been meticulously brought to life by model artist Danilo Carignola and his team from CreaFX, an Italian company who specialise in make-up and special effects for films – mostly horror films – and theatre.

Carignola and his team spent more than three years on the exhibition, working from Da Vinci’s original texts and drawings.

”We work with facial make-up effects and we are used to making things from prosthetics and masks with silicon and resin, but this was a difficult and challenging task,” the Florence-based artist told Melbourne Life.

”To create the models, we had to study anatomy so we could accurately show every muscle, bone and organ inside a body. This was hard for us as, having studied fine art, we didn’t know about human anatomy.”

After creating frighteningly life-like models of the heart and vascular system, the brain, the skeleton and many other body parts, Carignola and his team’s next horror film assignment should be a cinch.

The exhibition at Queensbridge Square, which runs until January 2010, also features machines and panels inspired by nature, optics, theatre and art, as well as artworks and frescoes.

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