Leonardo 500: events in February 2020

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

Various locations

PLEASE NOTICE: due to the Lombardy Region ordinance, Museums, temporary exhibitions, Archives, Libraries are closed and events are cancelled.


Here you can find all the events that are part of the Leonardo 500 programme that will take place during the month of February 2020.



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 so-called 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


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 in Lombardia. Presentation of the itineraries about Leonardo in Lombardy

Sala degli Scarlioni - Castello Sforzesco

Multimedia presentation of Leonardo’s places in Lombardy:


  • Around the Naviglio Grande 
  • Leonardo between Brescia, the valleys around Brescia and the Orobic valleys 
  • The Lakes of Brianza, along the Adda river and the Martesana Canal
  • Leonardo between Lario, Valsassina and Valtellina
  • Leonardo and Isabella d’Este in Mantua and Cremona
  • Leonardo in Pavia
  • The pattern of the Vergine delle Rocce: the embroideries at the Sacro Monte in Varese
  • Leonardo in Vigevano


16 May 2019 - 19 April 2020

L’atelier di Leonardo e il Salvator Mundi

Castello Sforzesco, Sala dei Ducali

In continuity with the celebrations for the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1519-2019), a new drawing from the atelier of the Master will be shown, for the first time. The sheet presents, on one side anatomical studies, and on the other a mysterious inscription referring to the Salvator Mundi, a composition that will be exhibited in the version painted by Gian Giacomo Caprotti, a pupil of Leonardo (1511).


24 January 2020 - 19 April 2020

Leonardo and the Madonna Litta

Exhibition at Museo Poldi Pezzoli

The Madonna Litta, one of the most famous paintings in the world, and a 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 Milano. 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


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

i.lab Leonardo

Interactive laboratory at Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci

At the Museo della Scienza e della Tecnologia (Science and Technology Museum) an interactive laboratory is dedicated to Leonardo. In the new i.lab visitors can discover Leonardo as an artist who loved experimenting as well as an engineer dealing with the construction sites of the Renaissance. Exploring first hand how Leonardo worked might stimulate everyone to find new ways of acting and thinking.


Permanent activity at the Museum

LA MISURA DEL PARADISO. Leonardo alla corte del Moro

Docufilm by Fondazione Milano - Civica Scuola di Cinema L. Visconti

Leonardo five hundred years later. Thousands of pages have been written about him as an artist, an engineer and a scientist. There is yet a lesser known part of his artistic activity. The documentary wishes to tell the story of Leonardo as an entertainer: a musician, a scenographer, a costume designer for parties, tournaments and banquets at the Milanese court.

Una scrittura allo specchio. I segreti della "sinistra mano" di Leonardo

Exhibition at Castello Sforzesco, Sala del Tesoro

The exhibition analyzes some phases of the formation of the Da Vinci Genius through an exam of his writings: a mirror that can give us back the basic components of a personal culture developing between family, laboratory activities and life at court.


From January to April 2020

Nero su Bianco. Carte d’archivio raccontano Leonardo

Exhibition at the Milano State Archive

A multi-sensory narration of Leonardo's life, works and places based on documentary sources preserved in the Archive: an emotional walk accompanies the visitor through the halls of the Palazzo del Senato. The exhibition, which uses 2D and 3D technologies, presents the only Leonardo's handwritten signature known until today.

16 January - 28 March 2020

The Duomo during Da Vinci’s Time

Exhibition at Museo del Duomo di Milano

Among the initiatives promoted to celebrate the five hundred years since Leonardo’s death, the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo is paying homage to the Florentine genius by telling the story of the Cathedral's construction site at the end of the 15th century, the years in which Leonardo was called upon to solve one of the most fascinating challenges of its history: the construction of the Lantern.


22 November 2019 - 23 February 2020

Leonardo da Vinci New Galleries

Museo Nazionale Scienza e Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci, via san Vittore 21

The largest permanent exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

An exciting journey among 170 historical models, works of art, antique volumes and installations that tell the life and work of Da Vinci as engineer and humanist.




Street art in the NOLO-Via Padova area

Three permanently visible public art/street art interventions. Created by Associazione Atelier Spazio Xpò as good renovation practices, within an "urban" itinerary to important spots of the city loved by the Milanese, with Leonardo as the main character.


1) Via Mosso 4
2) BELL NETT, radio Nolo, Largo Fratelli Cervi corner Via Veniniu 
3) STREET ORT, via Esterle corner via Palmanova


Mural at Ponte delle Milizie Alzaia Naviglio Grande

The artist Elisabetta Mastro wanted to pay her personal tribute to the great Renaissance inventor with one of her murals, in which his masterpiece (The Last Supper) is revisited in a new, personal interpretative key, with an essential trait, emphasis on colour and subtle play, segmented by infinite form-suggested nuances.


From 20 May 2019

An exhibition of Leonardo's machines

Exhibition and workshops, Cologno Monzese Sala Oriana Fallaci, piazza San Matteo

An exhibition of 30 machines, designed by Leonardo, reconstructed by expert craftsmen from Tuscany. The aim of the exhibition is to stimulate creativity in young people, encouraging the development of new ideas through direct forms of interaction in order to understand what the Genius from Vinci as left us as his legacy. The exhibition allows visitors to have fun and learn the main principles that Leonardo studied, still in use to this day. In the laboratories it will be possible to learn: the construction techniques through activities on mechanics, the mechanisms and the transformations of motions; the artistic techniques especially in painting, and the drawing techniques focusing especially on instruments that create perspective.


From November 9th 2019 to March 1st 2020


Sulle tracce di Leonardo


This documentary by MemoMI, a web TV focused on the history of Milan, follows the tracks Leonardo da Vinci left in the city in almost 20 years. The Last Supper, the Sala delle Asse, the Codex Atlanticus and the “Ritratto di Musico” (“Portrait of a Musician”) in particular.


Interactive application at Castello Sforzesco in Piazza Castello

A free interactive application, which offers visitors to the Civic Museums of Castello Sforzesco, a new way to visit its rooms, with an interactive edutainment experience that consists of a short film capable of interacting with the visitor's actions and changing accordingly.


From 9 September 2019


You are Leo

Virtual reality guide street tour

A walk around Milan's city center and a journey back in time made possible thanks to innovative immersive technologies allowing the visitor to follow Leonardo's steps from the Duomo area (he had his laboratory near the old Corte Vecchia) to the complex of Santa Maria delle Grazie, passing by the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Porta Vercellina. Discover Milan in 1494 with the eyes of Leonardo:  visitors, equipped with very modern VR sensors, will see the area around them come to life, alternating real and virtual vision. 

Meeting point: Piazza Duomo – Piazzetta Reale


Until 31 May 2020


Una storia civile. Dal Naviglio interno all’idrovia Milano-mare

Exhibition at the University of Milano-Bicocca | Building U6, Piazza Ateneo Nuovo 1 and Via Piero and Alberto Pirelli 22 (lobby of floor -1)

Last year there was the public debate promoted by the Municipality of Milan on the project developed by the Milan Polytechnic for reactivation, for tourism purposes, of the ancient navigable internal canal of Milan, covered in 1929. The same fate occurred at the Naviglio della Martesana, designed by Leonardo, also later transformed, in the 1960s, into an artery of rapid penetration in the city (the current via Melchiorre Gioia). Also last year, the European Union financed a project to complete the navigable canal between Milan, the Po and the Adriatic, left unfinished for fifty years.
Conservationism or innovation? The exhibition does not propose to take a position, but to make a contribution of knowledge of the facts.


21 November 2019 - 2 February 2020


Con i voli della mente, Leonardo torna a scuola

Concorso per le scuole

Fino a febbraio 2020 è possibile partecipare al Concorso "Con i voli della mente Leonardo torna a scuola". Avete realizzato o avete in programma di realizzare un progetto ispirato a Leonardo? Iscrivete la vostra scuola. I temi sono Volo, Acqua, Scienza, Arte. 


Il Concorso è organizzato dall'Assessorato all'Educazione e Istruzione del Comune di Milano, dal Comando 1ª Regione Aerea dell’Aeronautica Militare, in collaborazione con “Ufficio Scolastico della Lombardia – AT Milano”.


Gli elaborati saranno giudicati da una giuria di esperti e da tutti i cittadini tramite voto online.

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