Dicembre 10, 2018 Anglo-Italian Events, News


From May 2019 Milan will host a 9 month programme of events celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci.

In May 2019 the Castello Sforzesco’s Sala delle Asse, which hosts Leonardo’s newly restored Monochrome, re-opens with a spectacular multi-media installation guide.

There will be 2 exhibitions in the Castello Sforzesco:

First, in the Cappella Ducale, Leonardo and the Sala Delle Asse between Nature and Art, May 16 to August 18 2019, explores the iconographic and stylist relationship between the decoration of the Sala delle Asse and that of other Tuscan masters, with original drawings by Leonardo and other Renaissance artists.

The second, Leonardo’s Milan, from 2 May 2019 to 2 January 2020 in the Sala delle Armi, will transport the visitor to the city as Leonardo knew it via a multi-media path.

There are also 2 exhibitions at the Palazzo Reale:

The Wonderful World of Nature Before and After Leonardo, March 4 to June 23 2019, explains how Leonardo  changed the perception and representation of nature in 16th century Lombardy, tracing his legacy on to 1570 and the San Marco altarpiece by Lomazzo.

The second exhibition is Leonardo’s Supper for Francis I: a Masterpiece in Silk and Silver. For the first time since 1533, when it was donated to Pope Clement VII, the newly restored tapestry copy of The Last Supper, created between 1505 and 1510 for the future Francis I of France, will leave the Vatican for public display.

Preparatory drawings for the Last Supper by Leonardo and his students will be displayed until January 13 2019 in front of the finished fresco in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie allowing visitors to follow his creative process.

 The Leonardo da Vinci Parade, created by the National Museum of Science and the Pinacoteca di Brera, brings together in the Museum historical models and 16th Century Lombard frescoes  marking Leonardo’s different fields of interest.

The Biblioteca Ambrosiana will have an exhibition from December 2018 of drawings by Leonardo and his circle, while from March 2019 23 of the most important sheets from the Codex Atlanticus will be displayed depicting Leonardo’s engineering and military studies, architectural drawings and those for his flying machine. 

Lastly, an exhibition of contemporary art, The Last Supper after Leonardo at the Stelline Foundation, (April to June 2019), will underline how Leonardo remains a source of inspiration for artists of many different cultural traditions, including Anish Kapoor, Nicola Samori, Wang Guangyi, Yue Minjun and Zhang Huan.