Leonardo 500

One year of events to celebrate 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci

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Milano is the city where Leonardo da Vinci stayed the longest. Here Leonardo arrived in 1482, at the service of Duke Ludovico Sforza, and his presence has left an indelible mark in the history and artistic production of the City and in the entire region of Lombardy.

For this reason, Milano celebrates 500 years since his death with an events schedule which will see its main hub at the Castello Sforzesco.

Here you can discover the highlights of the programme, download the brochure of the events or go to the pages of the complete programme of each month.

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THE COMPLETE PROGRAMME OF LEONARDO 500

The Leonardo 500 programme of events is very long: here you can find the complete programme divided into months to organise your agenda

Highlights

In the shadow of the Moro. The Sala delle Asse

Multimedia path Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala delle Asse

Leonardo’s Sala delle Asse is once again open to visitors after the removal of scaffoldings that were used for the restoration works. A catwalk offers a close view of the socalled Monochrome and of the preparatory drawings that have surfaced on the walls. A multimedia installation guides
visitors through the interpretation of the grandiose work conceived to celebrate Ludovico il Moro. 16 May 2019 – 12 January 2020

Leonardo in Milano

Multimedia path Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala delle Armi

A virtual tour guides the visitor along places associated with Leonardo in Milan, underscoring,
after five centuries, the social composition and the aspect of urban spaces, palaces, gardens and sacred buildings. A georeferenced visual map allows  to identify what has survived of those places. 16 May 2019 – 12 January 2020

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Exhibition at Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

The temporary exhibition “Leonardo Da Vinci Parade” - curated and developed by the Museum – comprises a large selection of fascinating models built in the 1950s through the interpretation of Leonardesque drawings and frescoes by sixteenth-century Lombard artists, granted for storage in 1952 by the Pinacoteca di Brera, directed at the time by Fernanda Wittgens. The Museum celebrates its origins by evocatively exhibiting the two collections with which it opened to the public on February 15th, 1953. Next to the machines there are recently restored plaster and terracotta models of military and civil architectures - many of which have not been on display for years. On two great walls, the torn frescos from Brera evoke the racks from the museum storage, by creating a suggestive collection of paintings where they are shown according to their place of origin, such as churches or no longer existing buildings in Milan. Among the painters, Bernardino Luini and his school play a fundamental role, as one of the most successful authors in early 1500s Lombardy. The exhibition is an unusual combination of art and science in an unprecedented show which touches Da Vinci’s numerous fields of interest and studies through the worldwide renown historic collection of the Museum.

From 19 July 2018 till 27 October 2019

Leonardo and his school in the Ambrosiana’s paintings collections – Four exhibitions for the 5th centenary of his death

Exhibitions at Pinacoteca Ambrosiana

These exhibitions explore various aspects of Leonardo’s art and the art of his entourage, such as the different drawing techniques the artist introduced in Milano, the engineering architectural and scientific studies, and the artistic activity during the French years.

 

Here is the schedule of events:

 

Leonardo and the secrets of the Codex Atlanticus

First part till March 17th 2019, second part March 19th – June 16th 2019

 

Leonardo in France. Sheets from the French years of the Codex

From June 18th till September 15th 2019

 

Leonardo and his legacy: the artists and the techniques. Drawings from the Ambrosiana collection

From September 17th 2019 till January 12th 2020

Leonardo Horse Project

Art installation, multimedia path Ippodromo di San Siro SNAI

Leonardo's Horse, a bronze statue created by Nina Akamu on drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and kept at the Snai San Siro Racetrack, is the protagonist of an important promotion project: the Leonardo Horse Project.

The inauguration, on April 10th, unveils the 13 scale reproductions of the Horse, interpreted by a pool of internationally renowned artists and designers according to their own style. The Design Horses, exhibited at the Racecourse during the Design Week, will then peacefully invade the City of Milano until  the end of October, placed in different locations linked to the history of the Genius Engineer. An increased reality App accompanies the public to discover the statue and the works, in an experiential and immersive journey, rich in content.

An anthological exhibition, in collaboration with the Museo della Battaglia e di Anghiari, dedicated to the studies that Leonardo carried out on the equestrian figure will also be happening at the Racecourse.

 

10 April - 9 November 2019

Atlantico - Giardino Abusivo

Museo del Novecento

The Museo del Novecento collection will be enriched in 2019 by two contemporary works of art dedicated to Leonardo. Ettore Favini and Eugenio Tibaldi are the winners of the 2018 contest for an original production inspired by the Master. The installation Atlantico by Favini has as topic the fog. Giardino Abusivo (Unauthorized Garden) by Tibaldi is a site-specific work where natural elements like plants bring a reflection on consumption in contemporary society. 

19 September 2019 – 12 January 2020

The Last Supper, timeless inspiration

Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ for Francis I: a masterpiece of silk and silver. Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

One of the first copies of Leonardo’s ‘Last Supper’ is exhibited for the first time after its restoration. The work of art, which is the property of the Musei Vaticani, was produced on tapestry between 1505 and 1510, commissioned by Luisa of Savoy and Francis Duke of Angoulême, who later became King Francis I of France. Don't miss the tableau vivant, presented for the first time in Italy.

8 October 2019 - 17 November 2019

Leonardo and the Madonna Litta

Exhibition at Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Madonna Litta, one of the most famous paintings in the world, and masterpiece of the Ermitage Museum of Saint Petersburg, has a Milanese origin. It comes from one of the most important Milanese private collections of the 19th Century, hence its own name. The famous painting is now displayed next to another work from the Litta Collection, the Madonna della Rosa by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, the best of Leonardo’s pupils in Milan. Through the
comparison with other fine paintings and drawings, it will be possible to reconstruct Leonardo’s Milanese workshop activity in the late 15th Century and the relationship between Leonardo and his pupils. 7 November 2019 - 10 February 2020

Download the brochure or discover the events month for month

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