The Queen of Egypt, Cleopatra Exhibit – Franklin Institute

From 5 June 2010 through 2 January 2011 the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, hosted a spectaular traveling exhibition: “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt.”

Though most of any actual likenesses of the Queen of Egypt had been destroyed following her downfall, searches continue in the effort to recreate much of the time period surrounding her rule of Egypt.

Cleopatra VII Philopator, a member of the Greek Ptolemaic dynasty, was the last Pharoah of Ancient Egypt. She is remembered for her liaison with Julius Ceasar, with whom she had a son Ceasarion, as well as her relationship with Mark Anthony.

Following are a selection of images that have been excavated, salvaged or otherwise found that are from the time of the queen:

 Head of Serapis 
 Naos of the Decades
Egyptian calendar and hieroglyphics on the side of Naos 
 Unknown Eqyptian Queen 
 Ceasarion – son of Cleopatra and Julius Ceasar 
Words believed written by Cleopatra and their translation

The “Cleopatra: The Search for the Last Queen of Egypt” exhibition is well worth a visit, to not only learn more of her history but also to marvel at the remnants that have been salvaged from her time as Pharoah.

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Leonardo da Vinci Workshop

From February 5 through May 29, 2011, the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia hosted the Leonardo da Vinci Workshop exhibit.

In a word, spectacular.

The displays exhibited included full-size three-dimensional da Vinci models that were interpreted and created from Leonardo’s codices by a team of engineers, designers and scholars in Milan.

The only unfortunate part of the exhibit is the no photography policy. At least, inside the exhibit. Just prior to the entrance were a few items worthy of image capture.

Models that were created and on display included da Vinci’s Aerial Screw (predating the helicopter by hundreds of years), a Mechanical Lion (rather large) that dispensed lilies, his Great Kite, and more.

On the walls near the various models were copies of Leonardo’s Codices and there were computers allowing visitors to use touch screen technology to learn fascinating details about his work.

There were digital reproductions of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper (full size), which included details of the painstaking steps taken to recreate those masterpieces with as much accuracy to original color, etc., as possible.

This is definitely an exhibit for any person who appreciates the genius of da Vinci and/or who loves the history of inventions and creativity.

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