Leonardo 500

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

Various locations

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


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

The Sala delle Asse. Leonardo between nature, art and science

Exhibition at Castello Sforzesco, Museo d’Arte Antica, Sala dei Ducali

A selection of nature drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and by other great maestros of the Renaissance reveal the close iconographic and stylistic relations with Sala delle Asse and, particularly, with the recent findings on the wall under the plaster layer. 16 May – 18 August 2019

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

Exhibition at Museo della Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

On stage at the Museum a fascinating exhibition in which newly displayed Leonardesque historical models parade next to frescoes by 16th century Lombard painters from the Pinacoteca di Brera.
Unusual combinations of art and science to celebrate the 500 years from the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

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

The wonderful world of nature

Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

Leonardo modified our perception and representation of nature. And nature itself is the subject of the beautiful complex of twenty paintings making up the so-called Sala del Grechetto, to which the exhibition is dedicated. A unique instance in the tradition of Italian painting, both for dimension and for the amount of portrayed animal species. 13 March – 14 July 2019.

The Last Supper after Leonardo

Exhibition at Fondazione Stelline

Leonardo keeps on influencing contemporary art, as proven by Anish Kapoor, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun and Nicola Samorì. These are some of the artists who have been invited to interpret the most sacred and iconic painting of our western culture in a contemporary key. 2 April – 30 June 2019.

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

Leonardo and the machine of imagination

Exhibition at Palazzo Reale

The Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani Institute celebrates Leonardo with an exhibition project that speaks of his genius in the language of contemporaneity. The Studio Azzurro artists ensemble creates an immersive and interactive itinerary peopled by Leonardo’s machines turned into narrative devices thanks to state-of-the-art technologies. 19 April - 14 July 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

Lucio Fontana. Tribute to Leonardo

Exhibition at Museo del Novecento

The exhibition is focused on the iconography of the horse, on the prancing horse and on the horse and rider, so frequent in 20th century art. Starting from these topics, the aim is to create a parallel between a segment of the artistic research of Lucio Fontana, especially from the Thirties, with the work of Leonardo da Vinci. 14 June – 15 September 2019

Gaffurio and the Maestros of the Chapel in the Duomo di Milano at Leonardo’s time

Concert - Chiesa di Santa Maria delle Grazie

Music by Franchino Gaffurio, along with compositions by Loyset Compére, Gaspar van Weerbeke, Josquin Desprez, Alexander Agricola, create the sound atmospheres in which the rituals of Milano under the Sforzas were carried out and pleasantly experienced in Leonardo’s time. 17 June 2019 - 20:30

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. 7 October 2019 - 17 November 2019

Around Leonardo. The Madonna Litta and the master’s workshop

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. 8 November 2019 - 10 February 2020

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