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Leonardo is back!

April 15th – July 19th 2015

From April 15th to July 19th, 2015, Palazzo Reale in Milan will host the largest Leonardo Da Vinci exhibition ever organized in Italy! Don’t miss the chance to discover the secrets of Leonardo’s creative mind and practical visions: all evolved into unique works of art and technology.
In occasion of the big event some world famous museums will share their collections. For example, renowned Louvre of Paris will lend such Leonardo’s paintings as “Annunciation”, “Saint John the Baptist” and “La Belle Ferronière”, a female portrait realized between 1490 and 1495, during his stay in Milan.

Indeed, there is no surprise that the exhibition will be organized in Milan. The name of Leonardo is deeply linked with this city and its surroundings. He spent here (and, more in general, in the North of Italy) numerous prolific years producing nothing else but pure masterpieces. Just to name some more of them one might appeal to “Lady with an Ermine” (1489–1490), “Vitruvian Man” (1490) and unsurpassed and iconic “The Last Supper” (1494–1498).

Well, while there is a chance to see the first two works at Palazzo Reale during the show (the list of paintings has not yet been officially disclosed), the third one will be hardly exposed. But no worries! The original fresco painted by Leonardo is at its original place: on the wall of the refectory hall of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie. It is just some minutes walk from the Royal Palace museum. Yet, don’t forget to reserve the appointment to see the work. “The Last Supper” is that fragile and delicate that only few people are allowed to see it at the same time.

And if after that, you still won’t get enough of Leonardo, don’t forget to explore “Leonardo3” in piazza della Scala, an innovative research and media center whose mission is to study, interpret and make cultural heritage available to the public through the use of avant-garde technology. Indeed! Advanced multimedia devices will help you to discover Leonardo’s original drawings, his machines and mechanisms.

By the way, do you know what “Leonardo Da Vinci” actually means? Obviously, Leonardo is the name. However, “Da Vinci” is nothing else but mere “From Vinci”, from a small town near Florence. That is why in Italy people keep friendly calling him Leonardo. So do we! 

Maria Novozhilova

twitter: @NovozhilovaM