Leonardo 500

Discover two years of events and exhibitions to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death

Various locations

PLEASE NOTICE: all the events are suspended until further notice


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.

5xLeonardo: buy a single discounted ticket to visit 5 Museums connected to Leonardo da Vinci

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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 - 19 April 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 - 19 April 2020

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 March 1st 2020

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

Download the brochure


or discover the events month for month:


APRIL 2020