A display copy of the Codex Atlanticus from which a number of Da Vinci's machines have been recreated by Gabriele Niccolai, from Florence, Italy.
Besides his skills as an engineer, Niccolai was further aided in his tasks by being able to read Da Vinci's handwriting on the original documents dating from the 1500s
The models created by Gabriele Niccolai from the original drawings from the renaissance master show Da Vinci's amazing understanding for mechanics.
The Florentine team behind the show's exhibits are Elena Sardelli, who created the anatomical models, Gabriele Niccolai, responsible for the engineering models and Fresco artist Antonio de Vito at the opening address for the DA VINCI SECRETS - 'Anatomy to Robots' exhibition.
Detail of the chest pullies inside Robot - Complete Mechanism, created from the original drawings found in the Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus F579r and reproduced by Gabriele Niccolai.
A model shows the discoveries Da Vinci made about the structure of the human body and documented through his detailed sketches and drawings.
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Detail of the Robot Motion of the Arms created by engineer Gabriele Niccolai from drawings in the Codex Atlanticus F579r.
Detail of the Robot Drummer. The tempo of the drum beats can be altered by changing the grooves the pin runs down as the mechanical handle is turned.
Detail of the study for mechanical foot (from the Codex Madrid) created by Gabriele Niccolai.
What makes this machine unique is that Da Vinci has copied the walking motion of an animal rather than human.
Fresco artist Antonio de Vito's copy of Da Vinci's famous Last Supper.
Another section of the final fresco is completed at every location the exhibition travels to.
A model of a device for breathing underwater on show at DA VINCI SECRETS - 'Anatomy to Robots' exhibition at the Lower Level of Sydney Town Hall, which runs from May 20 - August 2, 2010.
Detail of the Robot - Complete Mechanism, created from the original drawings found in the Da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus F579r and reproduced by engineer Gabriele Niccolai.
A guest looks at a model of 'Robot - complete mechanism' at the DA VINCI SECRETS - 'Anatomy to Robots' exhibition at the Lower Level of Sydney Town Hall
Fresco artist Antonio de Vito works on a copy of Da Vinci's famous Last Supper at DA VINCI SECRETS - 'Anatomy to Robots' exhibition at the Lower Level of Sydney Town.