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Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


A Journey in the birthplace of the Renaissance Genius.


Anchiano and the Birthplace of Leonardo
If you want to follow the footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci in Tuscany you must start from the place where he was born and raised: Anchiano.
In this small hamlet of the Vinci municipality, 40 km from Florence, the Birthplace of Leonardo welcomes visitors with an interactive multimedia journey that allows interacting with the drawings and paintings of the Master.

Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, Anchiano

Vinci and the Leonardo da Vinci Museum
In Vinci you can find the Leonardo da Vinci museum. In a museum journey that winds between the Castello dei Conti Guidi and the Palazzina Uzielli, it is possible to admire one of the largest collections of Leonardo's machines, accurately reconstructed on the basis of his drawings: construction, war and flight machines, mechanical clocks, textile machines.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum, Vinci

Florence: from Verrocchio to the Uffizi
It is in Florence, the cradle of the Renaissance, where Leonardo began his artistic training stepping into Verrocchio's workshop at 17 years old, as a worker.
And it is exactly in Florence where you can find the highest concentration of works of the Master exhibited in Italy.
In the Galleria degli Uffizi his Annunciation, Adoration of the Magi, the Baptism of Christ, in which Leonardo created the left angle upon request of Verrocchio, are exhibited.

Annunciation, Leonardo da Vinci - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Adoration of the Magi, Leonardo da Vinci - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Baptism of Christ, Leonardo da Vinci - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

The Department of Prints and Drawings of the Uffizi also holds one of the first drawings by Leonardo, created during his training in Verrocchio's workshop: the Paesaggio con fiume, dated August 5, 1473.

Landscape Drawing with River, Leonardo da Vinci - Departments of Prints and Drawings - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Landscape Drawing with River, Leonardo da Vinci - Departments of Prints and Drawings - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Also the Sala dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio is linked to the Tuscan Master.
In 1503 Leonardo was commissioned by the Gonfaloniere of the Florentine Republic, Piero Soderini, to create an imposing fresco, seven meters wide and seventeen, depicting the Battle of Anghiari.

 

Sala dei Cinquecento, Palazzo Vecchio - Florence

Leonardo decided to use the encaustic technique, but like with the Last Supper, the result is disastrous. Due to the lack of the heat source necessary to fix the colour to the wall, the work soon began to deteriorate. It remained visible for 50 years before being covered by Vasari's frescoes, given the task of restoring and decorating the room. Thanks to reproductions of artists such as Rubens, today we have the opportunity to get an idea of how the fresco might have looked.

Battle of Anghiari, Rubens

Battle of Anghiari, Rubens

In Anghiari the exhibit at the Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, the only centre of documentation on the work, allows discovering the history of the territory, of the famous battle and fresco by Leonardo.

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