Leonardo Extravaganza

June 9, 2015 / Art & Archaeology
Milano, Lombardia

Ok, granted, Pietro Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio ARE considered the world’s foremost da Vinci experts… but how do you put together yet another Leonardo show without it simply being “yet another Leonardo show”?


They tackled the first value by which shows are judged, quantity, in the only way possible. They assembled the greatest number of Leonardo’s works of art and drawings ever; greater than the recent magnificent 2011 National Gallery show in London, and greater even than the 1939 Palazzo dell’Arte show in Milan that experts still talk about in reverential tones.


In order to pack even more punch however, the seven paintings, 110 drawings, and numerous sculptures assembled from all over the world are flanked by yet more paintings and manuscripts and masterpieces by the artists and scientists who preceded Leonardo or who were his contemporaries and by whom he was influenced.


And this is perhaps the novelty of this show, which ensures that the second value judgement, quality, also gets top marks. Marani and Florio point out that, while also true, the “Leonardo the genius visionary before his time” is very much a 19th century academic construct. The perspective they introduce in this ground-breaking show is that Leonardo was also a genius in his ability to interpret and ultimately perfect the technology, science, knowledge, aesthetics, and culture of his time.

Not to be missed! Through July 19th, Leonardo 1452-1519: Il Disegno del Mondo, at the Palazzo Reale, Milan.




by GB Bernardini

Editor, Italian Notebook

10 Responses to “Leonardo Extravaganza”

  1. Colleen Simpson

    Grazie mille, literally, a thousand thanks for posting this! I would have missed this rare opportunity. Now planning a trip with husband, grandson and friends for two days in Milano! Again, 10000 thanks!

    • You may have seen this already Penny, but the exhibit closes Sunday July 19th.

  2. Iris Mathewson

    This is such an interesting article. I wish I could see it, sounds fascinating.

  3. Lina Falcone

    Grazie these are great works of Leonardo, I am very interested in art as I have taken it in school, and I belong to the local museum and the Fine Arts in Ohio, I appreciate you showing these I wish I coiuld go to see them, I just got back from Rome 3 weeks ago I saw two great exibits in Rome Schagall and Matisse.

  4. Riccardo Russo

    Ahhhh… Sono caduto nell’amore con la 525-anno-vecchio figlia di un ferramenta; cosa fare, cosa fare…?

  5. After planning an entire trip to London in 2011 to see the exhibit at the National Gallery (which was a mad house) I couldn’t possibly convince my wife for another Leonardo vacation.

    Or could I…………..


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