Leonardo da Vinci in Milan
Milan is not only fashion and design, it is also art! And what art!! It was supposed to close February 28, 2014, but thanks to its great success the exhibition “Leonardo3 The World of Leonardo”, will remain open until October 31, 2015. Organized by the research center Leonardo3 (L3), this exhibit is dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci the engineer, the artist, and writer and it brings to life many of his inventions, visions, and concepts. For the first time many of Leonardo's projects, such as the Flying Machine, the Mechanical Bat and Mechanical Lion, as well as the only playing model of the Harpsichord viola, were reconstructed following his original designs. State of the art technology also allows visitors to “turn the pages” of Leonardo' personal notebooks and even discover the lost colors of the famous “Last Supper”. Visitors can also attend one of the many workshops where kids can digitally build Leonardo's machines while adults can physically build them.
Those who prefer Leonardo the painter can visit the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. Leonardo's most famous creation inside the castle is the big fresco in the “delle Asse” room, where he painted a fake pergola consisting of flowering branches that intertwined form da Vinci's emblem (a knot that forms a circle that inscribes a double cross). Not many know that Leonardo used to create choreographies and machines to entertain guests inside the castle.
In the old Renaissance refectory of the convent adjacent to the sanctuary of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, you can admire “The Last Supper”, Leonardo's masterpiece and one of the most important works of art of all times both for its innovation and for its influence. Here Leonardo depicts the moment when Christ announces the betrayal of one of the apostles, trying to capture the more intimate and emotionally significant meaning of the religious episode.
The Pinacoteca Ambrosiana hosts Leonardo's “Ritratto di Musico”. This painting is important because it reflects Leonardo's anatomy studies of the human skull. It portrays a musician who holds a musical score, with his mouth open as if he was about to sing.
In Milan you can also admire Leonardo's work as an engineer. He was one of the many engineers who studied the Navigli and actually designed extensions. In particular his project consisted in connecting the Martesana Canal to the inner circle of canals through two locks, so that the city could be crossed by water.
Leonardo was one of the most diversely talented men of all times and Milan is a good place to start discovering and experiencing at least some of his works. Don't miss this incredible opportunity!