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Highlights: What Leonardo’s Horse and Pope Francis Have in Common

Leonardo's Horse at Da Vinci Science Center
What do Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse and Pope Francis have in common?

One answer is the Vatican, where the 266th Pope lives now, and where Leonardo da Vinci lived for three years near the end of his life.

A second answer is eastern Pennsylvania – location of the science center that carries on the legacy of Leonardo’s Horse and a place where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit in Sept. 2015. These connections take on a greater meaning as a new Leonardo’s Horse sculpture is set to be unveiled next week in Sheridan, Wyo.

Leonardo is the namesake of the Da Vinci Science Center – which emerged from a 2003 merger between the Discovery Center of Science and Technology and Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. (LDVHI) in Allentown, Pa. LDVHI was the nonprofit organization that actualized Leonardo’s cutting-edge vision to construct a 24-foot-tall bronze horse by unveiling the Leonardo’s Horse sculpture in Milan, Italy, to international fanfare in 1999.

The Da Vinci Science Center in Allentown, Pa., holds the rights for the Leonardo’s Horse sculpture and was commissioned by the Wyoming Community Foundation to create and place an eight-foot-tall replica of The Horse in Sheridan, Wyo. The newest sculpture will be unveiled during a ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 20, 2015. Live video of the ceremony will be broadcast live on the web at davincisciencecenter.org/live with support from Sheridan Media.

Pope Francis is scheduled to visit Philadelphia, Pa., on Sept 26-27, 2015 during the World Meeting of Families. Philadelphia is approximately 60 miles south of Allentown, Pa.

Leonardo’s Vatican reported residency from 1513-1516 took place during the papacy of Pope Leo X. It is said that Pope Leo X commissioned Leonardo to create a mechanical lion that could move forward. Leonardo is reported to have died on May 2, 1519.

One of Leonardo’s famous paintings – St. Jerome – hangs currently in the Vatican Museums.

Dennis Zehner, 484.664.1002, Ext. 112


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