Mark Rodgers in front of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Battle of Anghiari.”
Mark Rodgers in front of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “Battle of Anghiari.”

By Mary Helen Kelly

Until recently, the shopping center storefront housed an arts and crafts shop. But this summer, it’s home to a different sort of art and creation.

The “Discover DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side” exhibit currently on display at the Perimeter Pointe shopping center in Dunwoody shows reproductions or models of works by the two Renaissance artists side by side.

Mark Rodgers, the exhibit’s director, says many people don’t realize Michelangelo and Leonardo DaVinci lived at about the same time. Rodgers said the idea of displaying the works of the two artists together was his idea. He said the exhibit is trying to look at the Renaissance from a “whole artist perspective.”

“We want everyone that comes to the exhibit to not only reflect on what these two men did in their lives, but we want to inspire each individual to discover their own ‘inner DaVinci and inner Michelangelo’ to bring their lives to the next level,” Rodgers said. “That is truly the message.”

Genius Productions, a nonprofit company based in St. Louis, brought the exhibit to Dunwoody, which is the final stop on the exhibit’s journey across North America. It has been displayed over the past 4 1/2 years at locations in Los Angeles, Denver, St. Louis and Bradenton, Fla., Rodgers said.

At the end of October, the exhibit is scheduled to return to its home at the Museum of Leonardo DaVinci in Florence, Italy, he said.
Included in the exhibit are licensed reproductions of the artists’ works and models of machines based on drawings. At the exhibit, visitors will see a casting of Michelangelo’s Pieta as well as one of the head of the statue of David.

Visitors also will find over 60 handcrafted models of DaVinci’s inventions. The models are interactive and visitors are invited to use them and see how they work.

There is also a special children’s area where kids are invited to rebuild a model of DaVinci’s portable footbridge or color paintings by Michelangelo.

The exhibit can be experienced through a docent-guided tour or audio tour available on smartphones. Both are included in the price of admission. Videos that elaborate on certain aspects of the exhibit are also played throughout the day.

Rodgers said that although the artists were born more than five centuries ago, modern visitors could relate to their work.
“After you study their story, everything they said and everything they did relates to our lives today,” he said.

DaVinci and Michelangelo: Side by Side
1155 Mount Vernon Highway, Suite 150
The exhibit continues through October. It is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays; 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturdays; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays.
Adults, $18.95; seniors/teachers, $16.95; children aged 4 to 12, $14.95; children aged 3 and younger, free with paying adult.
For more: 470-395-4888 or discoverdavinci.com