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16.05.2015 WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE



As promised in May Events post I visited the Milanese exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci in Palazzo Reale  (address: Piazza Duomo 12)

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

and would like to give you more details on the exhibition and my impressions.

Frankly speaking, writing about a man of genius like Leonardo da Vinci is far from being easy. He was not only an artist, scientist or inventor, but a universal Genius that is born once per thousand years (and in my opinion another one has not been born yet). In Milan, where Leonardo da Vinci lived and worked for 18 years, there are multiple legacy items of his: first of all the famous Lord’s Supper  that is located in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie; and numerous drawings and codes by da Vinci that can be seen in the museums, libraries and exhibitions of the city. However, I can assure you that Leonardo in 1452-1519 exhibition in Palazzo Reale is quite a different story. All multifaceted works of the great genius are presented here and these are not only drawings and diagrams,

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

but also his most famous paintings and portraits presented by the prestigious world museums.

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

This is the in-depth and biggest exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci’s works in Europe (and its title Leonardo in 1452-1519 reflects all years of the Genius’s life that was born in 1452 and died in 1519, and opening of the exhibition was timed to the date of birth of Leonardo da Vinci – April 15, 1452). By the way the Italians call him just Leonardo without the surname, trusting there is no any other like Leonardo in the world (and I fully agree with them!)

  So what you can see at the exhibition:

I personally was dazzled by the portraits and sketches – how carefully they were drafted, every detail: posture, hands, hair.

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

And faces on the portraits are fine and meaningful, so they seem extraterrestrial! The exhibition also presents the works of other artists – Leonardo da Vinci’s contemporaries and pupils: but I assure you it doesn’t take an art critic to tell works of the Great Master from all the rest – you will recognize him without any preparation. There is also a legend: when young Leonardo was only a pupil at the workshop of Florentine artist, Andrea del Verrocchio, (his works are also presented at the exhibition), the teacher gave him a task to draw an angel on his painting Baptism of Christ nearby the angel drawn by Verrocchio himself. Leonardo da Vinci’s angel turned out so meaningful and surpassed the teacher’s work so much that, as the legend implies, Andrea del Verrocchio broke all his brushes out of spite and never touched them again.

Here is this painting and the left angel drawn by Leonardo da Vinci.

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

Of course, the main distinctive features of Leonardo da Vinci’s works are his charisma and some mysticism (at least I think his mysticism is present in all his paintings), but exactly comparing with the works by other artists presented at the exhibition helped me determine the specifics of the paintings by Leonardo:

Folds of the clothes – all paintings by da Vinci show folds of the clothes fall very naturally, which is a rare thing to be seen on the paintings by nowadays artists.

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

Carefully drawn hands – postures of the hands are very natural and drawn down to the last detail.

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

Hair – the Great Genius managed to depict person’s hair naturally thin and silken. Leonardo da Vinci  compared hair rippling with water current and copied exactly brooks and water whirlpool to make hair-do look natural

WHAT MUST SEE IN MILAN: "LEONARDO 1452-1519" EXHIBITION IN PALAZZO REALE

Landscape paintings – I suppose one of the main distinctive features of the paintings (including the most famous La Gioconda) by Leonardo da Vinci  is the landscape background is surrealistic. These are landscapes of mountains, trees and flowers not to be seen in the real life. The specialists also call them lunar landscapes by Leonardo.

In general my attempt to list all distinctive features in the works and inventions by Leonardo is not feasible and even stupid – he is the Genius and he distinguishes himself. I just strongly recommend everybody visiting the exhibition.

The Leonardo in 1452-1519 exhibition will be open till July 19, 2015.

Work time:

Monday: 14.30 -19.30

Tuesday, Wednesday: 9.30 - 19.30

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday: 9.30 - 24.00 – the exhibition is so popular, and then it is open till midnight.

Entrance fee: €12

 


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