Celebrations on the 500th anniversary of death
500 years after his death, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci is celebrated with exhibitions, conferences and exhibition
Tuscany celebrates this great genius of the Renaissance and its innumerable skills: artist, inventor, engineer, architect, botanist and father of modern anatomy. There are several places where you can discover Leonardo, even if there are very few where direct testimonies of his stay and his work remains.
The first destination is definitely Vinci, the place where Leonardo lived and produced some of his original works. A country where you can breathe the Tuscan art of the fifteenth century but also contemporary art. You can admire the church of Santa Croce, with the fifteenth-century baptismal font where Leonardo was baptized, the houses that belonged to the family but also the piazza dei Guidi by Mimmo Paladino, the wooden sculpture by Mario Ceroli inspired by the design of the “Vitruvian Man “.
Florence is the second place to explore in the footsteps of Leonardo. Here Leonardo forms himself artistically in the workshop of Andrea del Verrocchio, who was behind the Duomo, and performs his early works and it is here that he returns after his stay in Milan.
Another of Leonardo’s stages is Palazzo Vecchio, where Leonardo painted the Battle of Anghiari on a wall of the Salone dei Cinquecento, which was ruined due to inadequate pictorial technique and later covered with frescoes by Giorgio Vasari. At Palazzo Strozzi the exhibition Verrocchio, the master of Leonardo presents for the first time extraordinary masterpieces by Andrea del Verrocchio, in close confrontation with the principal works of forerunners, contemporary artists and disciples. In 2019 we celebrate the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo, his greatest pupil, and the exhibition of Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello is presented as one of the most important international events in the ambit of Leonardo’s celebrations. Emblematic artist of the Renaissance and prototype of the universal genius, Verrocchio experimented in his workshop with different techniques and materials, from drawing to marble sculpture, from painting to bronze casting. He formed an entire generation of masters, with whom he generously developed and shared his knowledge. In the history of art only Giotto, Donatello and Raffaello have given rise to a “school” comparable to that of Verrocchio.