Leonardo in Tuscany

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.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.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. 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. 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.


Birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci - Anchiano, Tuscany
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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. 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.


Landscape with river - The Gabinetto dei disegni e delle stampe - Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany
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Leonardo decide di utilizzare la tecnica dell’encausto, ma come per il “buon fresco” dell’Ultima Cena, il risultato è disastroso. A causa della carenza della fonte di calore necessaria a fissare il colore sulla parete, l’opera ben presto inizia a deteriorarsi. Rimane esposta per 50 anni prima di essere coperta dagli affreschi del Vasari, incaricato di ristrutturare e decorare la sala. Grazie alle riproduzioni di artisti come Rubens, oggi abbiamo la possibilità di farci un’idea su quale fosse l’aspetto dell’affresco. Ad Anghiari il percorso del Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, unico centro di documentazione sull'opera, consente di scoprire la storia del territorio, del celebre combattimento e dell’affresco di Leonardo.Ad Anghiari il percorso del Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, unico centro di documentazione sull'opera, consente di scoprire la storia del territorio, del celebre combattimento e dell’affresco di Leonardo.

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