Historians create Da Vinci's mechanical lion out of wood in Paris
September 13, 2019 | 4:48 pm UTC

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PARIS - Historians and engineers have brought Leonardo Da Vinci's extremely intricate mechanical lion to life at a Paris museum.
Using an original rudimentary sketch, the team built the historic lion - which measures six and a half feet high and 10 feet long - out of wood and a metal mechanism. Da Vinci's long-lost original piece was designed on a commission from Pope Leo X to amuse French king Francois I in the early 1500s, celebrating a new alliance between France and Florence.
The Paris recreation is capable of walking around, just like Da Vinci's original piece. The lion will be on display at the Italian Cultural Institute in Paris for a month.
Da Vinci died just four years after finishing the original piece.


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