Milan will celebrate the genius of Leonardo with an exhibition from April 15th to July 19th 2015 during Expo. Leonardo 1452-1519 will be the largest exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci ever organized in Italy. It will take place in Palazzo Reale and will present non-mythographic view of Leonardo, neither rhetorical nor celebratory, but one crossing some main themes. An itinerary as multifaceted and polyhedric as its protagonist, exactly on the anniversary of the master’s birth, who were born on April 15th 1452. And which will open on April 15th , but next year, in 2015.
DRAWING AMONG THE MAIN THEMES
The central themes of the exhibition include drawing, essential in Leonardo’s work. Just like the constant comparison among different arts: drawing, painting, sculpture. Then there is the comparison with ancient traditions which collides with the novelty of emotions. But inevitable is also his inclination towards utopian projects, real dreams, like flying or walking on water. Finally, mechanic automation. In sum, the continuous plaiting of sciences and arts.
FROM ITALY TO FRANCE
Then, the narrative of Florentine education and the two stays in Milan, to the sojourn in France, places where he always operates in an interdisciplinary way, especially through the analogic approach to the study of phenomena and their graphic representations, which are later summarized and culminate in his paintings.
AT THE ROOTS OF THE MYTH
The exhibition will also present original works of Leonardo, such as paintings, drawings and manuscripts, which will be introduced by other masterpieces by his predecessors: painters, sculptors, technicians, teorists to contextualize Leonardo’s role in the history of art, science and technic, and demonstrate his influence as a painter and as an art theorist in the modern age. Then, naturally, the exhibition will analyse how the myth of Leonardo was created, focused on the Mona Lisa.
THE ST. JEROME OF THE PINACOTECA VATICANA
The St. Jerome of the Pinacoteca Vaticana will be present too, a painting perfectly representing one of the aforesaid main themes, or rather the relation between painting and sculpture, between ancient and modern art, where Leonardo’s excellent knowledge of space and perspective is revealed, to the point that this painting anticipates the Vitruvian Man and can be adopted as the icon of the exhibition.
THE HERITAGE ON SHOW
Together with major paintings, the event will present some original codes, working models and over 100 original drawings by Leonardo, besides a number of works of art like drawings, manuscripts, sculptures, codes, incunabula and books published in the sixteenth century. All the works proceed from major international museums and libraries and private collections. In addition, on show works by Antonello da Messina, Botticelli, Filippino Lippi, Paolo Uccello, Ghirlandaio, Verrocchio, Lorenzo di Credi, Antonio and Piero del Pollaiolo, Jean van Eyck, Della Robbia, Jacopo di Mariano also referred to as Taccola, Guido da Vigevano, Francesco di Giorgio Martini, Bonaccorso Ghiberti, Giuliano da Sangallo, Bramante and other anonymous writers of treatises of the centuries XV and XVI.
THE LAST SUPPER IN VIDEO FORMAT
Among the treats of the exhibition there will be also a full-scale video reproduction of The last supper, enriched with descriptive panels and interactive stations with the information on the work and its restoration.