On the occasion of the five hundredth anniversary of his death, we decided to look into some of the exhibitions about the famous genius, Leonardo. This way you can plan your perfect weekend in Milan, combining art and history together with tourism!
The first stop is at the Castello Sforzesco where there is the exhibition “Leonardo mai visto” (Leonardo never seen) until January 2020 at the Sala delle Asse. Here it is possible to see the work done by him in 1498, following a long period of restoration. The room is rich in plant-themed motifs that cover the walls, painted in tempera on plaster. For those who like a more interactive and multimedia visit, there is also a route that shows visitors to various places connected with Leonardo's in Milan. It is like taking a journey back in time to the 1400s and 1500s when he walked around this city!
If you are more passionate about the scientific aspect of Leonardo’s genius, we recommend "Leonardo Da Vinci Parade" at the National Museum of Science and Technology. Here, it is finally possible to see some of Leonardo's historical models showcased inside the museum. For this important occasion, the exhibition of frescoes and drawings these models are inspired by have been organized to perfectly unite art and science. There are 52 historical models from the museum collection. You will also be able to admire some 16th century Lombardia frescos, which were given to the museum by the Brera Art Gallery. The exhibition will be visible to the public until the end of October, the duration having been extended to 27 October, 2019!
At the Palazzo Reale, you can not miss the opportunity to see one of the first copies of the Last Supper made as a tapestry between 1505 and 1510. The tapestry is titled "Leonardo's Supper for Francesco I" and is a masterpiece in silk and silver. It seems that it was made to satisfy the wishes of the French court that wanted to bring the painting with it but could not do it because it could not be transported. That's why they commissioned this work in the form of a tapestry, so they could have it, and actually transport it. The exhibition will be available until 12 January 2020.
In addition to these exhibitions, we absolutely recommend a visit to Leonardo's Vineyard, a charming place where you will find yourself completely immersed in the world of Renaissance artist. You will discover the garden, the Atellani house and the vineyard that was given to Leonardo da Vinci by the Duke of Milan, Ludovico Sforza in 1498. Today it is possible to admire the original vines, something which holds a strange magic and connection to the artist!
If you prefer a more modern and technological aspect, the exhibition at the Fabbrica del Vapore is for you! With the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci 3D" the genius Leonardo da Vinci is an immersive experience, told through a multi-sensory journey with augmented reality. With this exhibition, visitors are transported into modernity through images, lights, music and images. You can do this wonderful three-dimensional experience until September 22nd 2019!
Thanks to our tours you can discover a lot of information about Leonardo da Vinci, his creations, his life and his works. Any examples? On our tour “Corso Magenta ” you will pass by the beautiful Santa Maria delle Grazie in which there is the famous Last Supper. You can even win tickets for admission to Leonardo's Vineyard! On the tour “Corso Garibaldi ” you will see the Conca who designed him in Via San Marco. You will discover the story of Leonardo’s suspected muse and "Lady with an Ermine" in the building where she lived and with the tour “Corso Venezia” right away we'll let you know the story of Leonardo Da Vinci and Leone Leoni in the Omenoni house where he lived. Even children learn a lot from our quizzes, as well as other tours in “Missione Bongiz“ discover some facts about him and his life. Here are some more reasons to participate in our tour quizzes, they are fun and they teach you lots of trivia!
Written by Daisy Spanton