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

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.

The Last Supper after Leonardo - Milan


The Last Supper after Leonardo (poster) - Fondazione Stelline, Milan - Lombardy

The Last Supper after Leonardo (poster) - Fondazione Stelline, Milan - Lombardy

Contemporary art meets the renaissance genius with The Last Supper after Leonardo. From April 2 to June 30 the Fondazione Stelline of Milan, six international artists of different cultural traditions reread the theme of the Last Supper starting from the Leonardo representation. Being exhibited are the works of Anish Kapoor, Robert Longo, Masbedo, Nicola Samorì, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun.

La fortuna de La Scapiliata - Parma

La Scapigliata - National Gallery of Parma - Emilia Romagna region

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 da Vinci. Science before science - Rome


Leonardo da Vinci. Science before science (poster) - Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome - Lazio

Leonardo da Vinci. Science before science (poster) - Scuderie del Quirinale, Rome - Lazio

The Eternal City celebrates the 500th anniversary of the Scuderie del Quirinale (Stables of the Quirinale) with the exhibit Leonardo da Vinci, Science before science (March 13 - June 30), in collaboration with the National Museum of Science and Technology of Milan, together with the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana,  From his Tuscan education to his stay in Milan, up to the late Roman period, the exhibition shows Leonardo's work on the technological and scientific front and will show the cultural connections with his contemporaries, to offer a finally broad vision of this great figure, often presented as an isolated genius.

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.