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By Pilar Owens



Close Ups of Mona Lisa's Eyes. Do You Know What They're Missing?.

Photo and Story by Pilar Owens, TALON

Leonardo Da Vinci has interested museum volunteer Robert Fink since he was a child. Now Fink shares his extensive knowledge of Da Vinci with visitors of the Da Vinci: The Genius exhibit at the New Mexico Museum of Natural History and Science in Albuquerque.

The exhibit starts on the ground floor in what Fink called "the Mona Lisa analysis room." Here, visitor Paloma Baron found her favorite part of the exhibit: a film that showed how art historians found the original colors of the Mona Lisa.

Baron, an artist, said of her art, "Sometimes things don't turn out as I intended, but I'll use parts of what I planned out as the final product." On this point she connected with Da Vinci, because the exhibit shows plans he had for the Mona Lisa that he eventually painted over, or adapted. The Mona Lisa room is full of details about the painting, including the fact that Mona Lisa is missing eyebrows and eyelashes. Continue through the downstairs part of the exhibit to see 3D digital reproductions of Da Vinci's less famous paintings. It's easy to forget that Da Vinci was more than an artist.

Fink called him a true "Renaissance man" because "he could do so many things so well." The exhibit continues upstairs where reproductions of Da Vinci's machines, inventions, and other creations are displayed. Fink said people ignored Da Vinci and "forgot and reinvented" his work.

Visitors can spend the whole day at the museum; the cost of the wristband for the Da Vinci exhibit (about $20 per person) includes the cost for access to the rest of the museum exhibits, and a ticket for one planetarium show.

Time is limited for the exhibit; last day is July 29, 2018. So listen to the words of Da Vinci, "It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things."

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