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Leonardo da Vinci im Palazzo Reale

Apr 2, 2015
The illustration of a river landscape probably a view of the Arno valley seen from Mount Albano,
is considered as the first recorded drawing of Leonardo.
Florence, Uffizi, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe, inv. 436 E (8 P),
Foto ©Archivi Alinari, Firenze,Per concessione del Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali

Pünktlich zum Salone wird im Palazzo Reale gleich neben dem Dom die größte bislang in Italien gezeigte Ausstellung über Leonardo da Vinci eröffnet.

In the days of coaches and horses, traveling from Florence to Milan took about a week, assuming you managed to make 2-3 stage posts a day. The route ran north by way of the Apennines to Bologna and then cut right across the Po Valley via Modena, Reggio nell’Emilia, Parma and Piacenza to Milan. When Leonardo da Vinci arrived there at the end of February 1482 it was just in time for “Ambrosian Carnival”. The feudal city state had about 80,000 inhabitants and was ruled at the time by the House of Sforza, whose power mainly derived from muscle and military skill. Leonardo entered the world of Ludovico Sforza, Milan’s strongman, who also went by the name of “Il Moro”, the Moor, on account of his second name Mauro and his swarthy skin.

“Leonardo 1452 – 1519” is the most extensive show ever dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci in his native Italy. The exhibition at Palazzo Reale promises to cover his entire oeuvre and was curated by two Renaissance specialists, Pietro C. Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio. To demonstrate how closely art and science were bound up in Leonardo’s work, they have subdivided the drawings, manuscripts, paintings and sculptures into 12 sections. The show is rounded out with works by other artists, including Antonello da Messina, Sandro Botticelli, Paolo Uccello, Antonio and Piero del Pollaiolo, Jan van Eyck and Bramante. The last two sections focus on the “Leonardo Myth” and the influence his oeuvre had on Modern painters and theorists. (tw)

Leonardo 1452 – 1519
Palazzo Reale, Piazza Duomo, Milan

April 15 – July 19, 2015
Monday 2.30 – 7.30 p.m.
Tues. & Wed. 9.30 a.m. – 7.30 p.m.
Thurs., Fri., Sat. and Sun.: 9.30 a.m. – 12 noon

Leonardo da Vinci, Study of a Woman with downcast eyes, ca. 1475,
Florence, Uffizi, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe inv. 428 E,
© 2014. Foto Scala, Florenz, Su concessione Ministero Beni e Attività Culturali
Leonardo da Vinci, Study of a Madonna with cat, ca. 1478-80,
British Museum London, inv. 1856,0621.1 verso,
© 2014. The Trustees of the British Museum c/o Scala, Firenze
Leonardo da Vinci, Robe study, ca. 1470-1475,
Fondation Custodia Paris, inv. 6632,
Foto © Fondation Custodia, Collection Frits Lugt, Paris