Leonardo and Galileo, Science Museums in Florence

BY FABIA SCALI-WARNER

I recently visited the Museum of Leonardo and the Museo Galileo in Florence, two small hidden gems of the Tuscan city. The main premise is that both are science museums: the former is dedicated to working replicas of the different machines designed and built by Leonardo, while the latter displays collections of several scientific instruments used throughout the XVII to the XIX century.

Both indicate the renewed interest towards science that was typical of the Renaissance, which was dedicated to the research and discovery of the laws of nature; the incredible impact of visual arts produced during that period should not make us forget just how fluid the separation was between the philosopher, the artist, the scientist and the magician/ alchemist.

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