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Leonardo 500: ten events not to miss in Italy

This year is the 500th anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci's death, the universally known Italian genius and archetype of the Renaissance man. Italy celebrates the Master with a rich calendar of events. We have selected 10 that are not to be missed.

Leonardo vive - Vinci - (Florence)

Leonardo Museum and the Renaissance of Wine, Vinci - Tuscany

In the city of Vinci, in Tuscany, an exhibit event for the inauguration of the “Leonardo Museum and the Renaissance of Wine” and the reopening of the “Leonardo Da Vinci Ideal Museum” from May 2 to December 31 will host “Leonardo Vive”, an original exhibit on Leonardo, the vitality and the modernity of his thinking and his works – from art to mass media – together with the most recent discoveries on the biographical and unprecedented events surrounding the relationship between Leonardo and the culture of the land. The kaleidoscope exhibit is structured in five parts: Leonardo Heritage, Leonardo and the Renaissance, Mona Lisa Naked, Leonardisms over the centuries and Leonardo today.

Verocchio, Master of Leonardo - Florence

 

Verrocchio, il Maestro di Leonardo (locandina) - Palazzo Strozzi, Firenze - Toscana

Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo (poster) - Palazzo Strozzi, Florence - Tuscany"

In the Palazzo Strozzi you can visit until July 14 Verrocchio, Master of Leonardo, the largest exhibit ever dedicated to Verrocchio.  Over 120 work, among which paintings, sculptures and drawings from the most important collections in the world illustrate the art of Verrocchio and of the most famous artists linked to his workshop, such as Domenico del Ghirlandaio, Sandro Botticelli, Pietro Perugino, and Leonardo da Vinci, his most famous student.

Leonardo and perpetual motion - Florence


At the Galileo Museum from October 10, 2019 to January 12, 2020 with Leonardo and perpetual motion. Through the original drawings and replicas gathered from the Codex Forster II and Codex Atlanticus tells of the studies conducted by Leonardo on perpetual motion, a problem that has fascinated many researchers throughout the century. Leonardo demonstrated the impossibility of building a machine that could effectively reproduce perpetual motion and defined those seeking perpetual motion as similar to alchemists trying to create the philosopher's stone.

The Mysteries of the Codex Atlanticus - Milan


Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus) - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Ambrosian Gallery), Milan - Lombardy

Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus) - Pinacoteca Ambrosiana (Ambrosian Gallery), Milan - Lombardy

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milano holds the famous Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection in the world of Leonardo da Vinci's writings, drawings and notes. To evaluate this wealth, until January 12, 2020 the Ambrosiana holds The Mysteries of the Codex Atlanticus, a cycle of exhibits lasting three months each: The best of the Codex Atlanticus Leonardo, engineer, architect and scientist (March 19 - June 16), Leonardo in France. Drawings from the French from the Codex Atlanticus (June 18 - September 15); Leonardo and his influence: the artists and techniques (September 17 - January 12, 2020).

In the shadows of the Moro. The Sala delle Asse - Milan

 

Sala delle Asse - Castello Sforzesco, Milan - Lombardy

Not to be missed at the Sforza Castle from May 2, 2019 to January 12, 2020 In the shadows of the Moro. The Sala delle Asse. The Sala delle Asse by Leonardo becomes visible to the public once again and thanks to a walkway you can admire the monochrome and the preparatory drawings that emerged on the walls after the restoration. A multimedia installation guides visitors in seeing the great work created to celebrate Ludovico il Moro.

Flight from Pisanello to Leonardo - Cerreto Guidi (Florence)

 

Villa Medici - Cerreto Guidi - Tuscany

In the Medici Villa in Cerreto Guidi (in the province of Florence) from September 14, 2019 to January 7, 2020, it will be possible to visit the exhibit “Flight from Pisanello to Leonardo”. The exhibit unfolds beginning with the famous code by Frederick II “De arte venandi cum avibus”, passing through medieval falconry and the naturalistic studies by Pisanello and the Lombard school. The exhibition itinerary makes it possible then, to highlight the important role of hunting, even with birds, within an ancient social fabric returning so incisively to the studies carried out by Leonardo da Vinci on the flight of birds and their nature.

La fortuna de La Scapiliata - Parma

La Scapigliata - National Gallery of Parma - Emilia Romagna region

Through the National Gallery of Parma from May 18 to August 12 The luck of the Scapigliata by Leonardo da Vinci is exhibited. The exhibit is dedicated to the head of a young woman painting (called La Scapigliata), a small masterpiece shrouded in mystery concerning the date (probably 1508), origin and destination. It is theorized that the work could be a study for Leda with the Swan, a lost work.

Leonardo in Rome. Influence and heritage - Rome

Villa Farnesina, Rome - Lazio

At Villa Farnesina, in Rome, from October 3, 2019 to January 12, 2020, it is possible to visit the exhibit “Leonardo in Rome. Influence and heritage”. The exhibition itinerary highlights the relationship between Leonardo and Raffaello Sanzio, also known as Raphael, during the years of his stay in Rome, their mutual influence and the classic models to which both were inspired.

Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing the future - Turin

Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing the future (poster) - Royal Museums, Turin - Piedmont

Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing the future (poster) - Royal Museums, Turin - Piedmont

The Royal Museums of Turin pay tribute to the Tuscan master with the exhibit Leonardo da Vinci. Drawing the future, from April 15 to July 14. An exhibition that tells of Leonardo da Vinci's research of science and art through drawing. A collection of works that can be dated approximately between 1480 and 1515, different in subject and inspiration, but able to document Leonardo's activity from his youth to his full maturity.

 

Leonardo da Vinci. Man is the model of the world - Venice

 


Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci. Man is the model of the world (poster) - Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia - Veneto

Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo da Vinci. Man is the model of the world (poster) - Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venezia - Veneto

In Venice, at the Gallerie dell'Accademia, from April 19 to July 14 it is possible to visit Leonardo da Vinci. Man is the model of the world, an important exhibition of 25 signed papers among whic hthe Vitruvian man, risen to a symbol of classical perfection of body and mind, of a human microcosm which is the reflection of the whole universe.