From the 5th of May to the 3rd of July 2019, the town of Barge hosts the exhibition "Leonardo homo sine tempore" at the Ex Officina Ferroviaria. The event is part of a varied programme coordinated by Città di Torino to celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.
The aim of the exhibition is to reveal the exceptionality of Leonardo beyond the limits of his time.
There is a clue to this intention in the title of the exhibition, paraphrasing the accusation by his contemporary scholars who, being unable to understand Leonardo's extraordinary value, expressed only contempt towards him, calling him the "homo sine litteris", in relation to his inability to complete a normal course of study. The exhibit aims to take a contemporary look at some of Leonardo's most extraordinary intuitions, investigating them through the display of twenty models of various sizes, created from some of the most famous drawings by the Renaissance genius. Taken from the Codex Atlanticus and the Codex Madrid, the models belong to the Niccolai family from Florence, who have built up the biggest private collection of Leonardo da Vinci machines in the world, from the 1960s to the present day. The perspective is broadened by touchscreen multimedia stations with transcriptions of some books/drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, taken from his anatomical studies A, B, IV and V and from the Codex Atlanticus. The exhibition also includes educational workshops, addressed also at teachers, in collaboration with the Museo Regionale di Scienze Naturali (Regional Museum of Natural Sciences) of Torino and Monviso Park.