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LEONARDO DA VINCI. A VISION OF A GENIUS

To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, MonteNapoleone District presents LEONARDO DA VINCI. A VISION OF A GENIUS, joining the many celebrations paying homage Leonardo inventor, artist and scientist.

The open-air exhibition along Via Montenapoleone, with the patronage of Comune di Milano and made possible with the support of franchiumbertomarmi, features ten of Leonardo’s drawings in their original versions and personalized from a pop perspective by the artist Mirko Baldini, also known as Koro.

Leonardo (Vinci, 15th April 1452 – Amboise, 2nd May 1519), symbol of the Italian Renaissance, spent his most productive years in Milan, almost eighteen, from 1482 to 1499, at the court of Ludovico il Moro, and then, from 1503 to 1508, at the court of the governor Charles d’Amboise during the French rule of the city. His first years in Milan are marked by an equal number of artistic commissions and military-oriented engineering studies, thanks in part to his on-site surveys of the Sforza Castle. This is the period that produced such great masterpieces as the Virgin of the Rocks, Lady with an Ermine, Portrait of a Musician, La Belle Ferronnière, and above all the Last Supper, created around 1495-96 in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

Leonardo was fascinated with all manner of natural phenomena and aspects of daily life. His studies cover all modern disciplines and include machines both helpful and harmful to mankind. Ignoring the prohibition on private dissection of cadavers, he carried out careful anatomical studies and made an extraordinary contribution to the comprehension of the human body. After coming into contact with Luca Pacioli and Francesco di Giorgio Martini, he would also take up mathematics, a field of study that was essential to his understanding of the harmony of proportions in architecture and the human body. He analyzed numerous varieties of flowers, animals, mountain ranges, waterways and heavenly bodies. An entire chapter is dedicated to the artist’s life-long obsession—flight—through the study of birds’ wings and his first ideas for flying machines. Truly ahead of his time, he was the first to draw up plans for parachutes, helicopters and gliders. Leonardo produced drawings and artworks that are an incredible testimony of his versatility and technical ability. Numerous studies for the Last Supper and for the Sforza Horse give insight into two of the duke’s most important commissions. Concluding the exhibition is the renowned Self-portrait, historically considered to represent the Tuscan artist’s face despite a good number of scholars who claim that the man in the drawing is too old to be Leonardo at the time of its creation.

The exhibition, curated by Giuseppe Barbieri, features a selection of some Leonardo’s most representative studies. Ten drawings seeking to encapsulate the global vision of an absolute genus. On the side of Via Montenapoleone opposite the reproductions of Leonardo’s original drawings, passersby can admire the same works of art reinterpreted by Mirko Baldini, whose medium of expression is the airbrush.

Leonardo da Vinci. A Vision of a Genius was made possible thanks to franchiumbertomarmi, example of the excellence of natural stone in Italy and the world and a leading company in the stone industry, with the placement of two large display cases containing pieces from their latest Home Design collection and works inspired by Leonardo’s drawings. In particular, their themed display features a marble relief of the Vitruvian Man and the model of the Flying sphere.