Milan and the genius of Leonardo da Vinci
Having lived in Milan for many years, it’s fitting that the city is celebrating the visionary thinking and creative genius of Leonardo da Vinci with a series of major exhibitions. Here’s our pick of events marking the 500th anniversary of his death.
Having recently reopened in time for the anniversary, Sala delle Asse reveals a lost, nature-inspired Leonardo da Vinci tromp l’oeil created for the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Il Moro. There’s also a selection of other artworks that were revealed during the recent restoration works.
Leonardo and the Sala delle Asse
Until January 12, 2020
Museo del Novecento
This exhibition pays tribute to Da Vinci via the work of Lucio Fontana, who has widely researched Da Vinci to give a modern reinterpretation of the Renaissance master. The exhibition focuses on the iconography of horses and draws parallels between Fontana’s horse statues and Da Vinci’s studies for the ‘Battle of Anghiari’.
Lucio Fontana – Omaggio a Leonardo
Until September 12, 2019
Gain great insights into the different drawing methods that Da Vinci introduced to Milan and learn about his interest in both architecture and science, via a series of four different exhibitions hosted over the year.
Leonardo and His School in the Ambrosiana’s Collections
Until January 2020
Leonardo da Vinci National Museum of Science and Technology
This fascinating exhibition is an unusual mix of art and science, inspired by Da Vinci’s great interest both of fields. The museum showcases a wide variety of 1950s models created through the interpretation of ‘Leonardesque’ drawings, alongside intricate 16th century frescoes by local artists.
Leonardo da Vinci Parade
July 19 – October 13, 2019
A stunning tapestry was created between 1505 and 1510 as one of the first copies of Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’. It remains the property of the Vatican Museum but, having been recently restored, it will be on display at Milan’s Palazzo Reale for visitors to appreciate its exquisitely intricate work.
Leonardo’s Last Supper for Francis I: A masterpiece in Silk and Silver
October 7 – November 17, 2019
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