Martedì, 18 Settembre 2018
ROME

Venice hosts biggest da Vinci show in 30 years

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(By Alina Trabattoni).
Rome, August 22 - Italy's biggest show of Leonardo
da Vinci drawings in over 30 years will open on August 29 at the
Gallerie dell'Accademia museum in Venice, and is set to focus on
57 famous Leonardo drawings including the iconic Vetruvian Man.
The show is called ''Leonardo da Vinci, The Universal Man''
and will revolve around the Accademia-owned 30 da Vinci works
collection, last shown together in 1980.
The masterpieces will be exhibited alongside 27 loans from
Italian museums such as the Uffizi, the National Gallery of
Parma and the Royal Library of Turin, as well as European
collections including the Royal Collection Trust of Windsor
Castle, the British Museum, the Louvre and the Ashmolean.
The show will run for some three months and end on December
1.
The 'Leonardo Da Vinci. L'Uomo universale' exhibition is
curated by Annalisa Perissa Torrini, the director of the Cabinet
of Drawings of the Accademia, and will allow attendees a unique
occasion to be able to admire all these masterpieces under one
roof.
The exquisite and priceless drawings, in fact, due to their
extremely fragile nature, need to be placed for many years in a
dark, temperature-controlled vault in order to ensure there is
no damage after each time they are exposed to the public
The group of drawings of Venetian ownership is amongst the
most consistent public collection currently existing in Italy.
They represent a period starting from 1478 and ending in 1516,
time frame that encompasses the entire artistic lifespan of Da
Vinci, during which he created his masterpieces, carried out
scientific research as well as studies into proportions, nature,
arms, wars, architecture, physics and mechanics.
The collection also included preparatory drawings for his
famous Nativity and Last Supper paintings, amongst many others.
They are of quintessential importance in permitting scholars to
understand his artistic production.
An important portion of the show will be dedicated to
Leonardo da Vinci's studies into proportions, and will showcase
the famous Uomo Vitruviano masterpiece, a distillation of art
and science that has over the centuries come be to considered a
symbol of the classical perfection of the combination between
human body and mind.
Next to the Uomo Vitruviano display, viewers will be able
to enjoy another two drawings that were last seen together in
1992. One, in fact, belongs to the Windsor Royal Collection and
the other to the Royal Library of Turin.
Opening the exhibition area will be a section on Loneardo
da Vinci's Botanic studies.
Next to the stunning flower study, or ''Studio di fiori'',
a series of masterpieces belonging to the Windsor Royal
Collection will be put on display.
Here, art aficionados will be able to admire his
three-botanic species works, his geometric projects, and his
portraits on men and clouds.
Some ten preparatory studies that were used as bases for
the Battle of Anghiari, or ''Battaglia di Anghiari'' will allow
visitors to reconstruct the story of the tragedy, which Da Vinci
illustrated in the world-famous fresco, now lost, in the
''Salone dei Cinquecento'' in Florence's Palazzo Vecchio.
Of particular interest within the venetian collection being
put on show is the ''Dancers'', which depicts two female figures
dancing with veils and drapes embracing their bodies, as well as
the famous ''Pointing Lady of Windsor''.
Da Vinci's military and armament genius will be put on show
through the studies he carried out on the topics, including
various prototypes of military tanks as well as armaments and
fighters, both from the Venetian collection as well as on loan
from the Louvre.

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