There are many events scheduled in 2019 to commemorate Leonardo da Vinci 500 years after his death. Until 20 January the Uffizi Gallery in Florence has the exhibition Water as Microsope of Nature. Leonardo Da Vinci’s Codex Leicester, an early tribute to one of an emblematic figure of human history.
A cultivated artist, a daring engineer, an eclectic designer and tireless observer of nature, the Tuscan genius had an obsession: water. He studied it in huge depth, concentrating on its elementary structure, and examining its mechanical and optical properties, vortical movements, erosive effects and how it could be tamed and used to help mankind.
The River Arno, in the stretch running through Florence at the beginning of the 16th century, was Leonardo’s experimental laboratory, where he made observations, took hydraulic soundings, and walked along the river banks with his head bent over sketches, calculations and notes.
The exhibition, curated by Paolo Galluzzi, presents Leonardo's research on water, collected in 72 original handwritten pages between 1504 and 1508, as well as other fascinating Da Vinci drawings that can be browsed on digital screens and are supported by educational films produced by the Museo Galileo science museum.
As well as the Codex Leicester, bought by Bill Gates in 1994, there is a lot of remarkable material on loan that has been brought together for the first time, including the Codex on the Flight of Birds, lent by the Royal Library in Turin, and On the Motion and Measurement of Water from the Vatican Apostolic Library.
And in Vinci, the Pedretti Foundation presents until May Leonardo disegnato da Hollar, a collection of the engravings by the 17th-century Czech artist which concentrate on Leonardo’s designs of grotesque caricatures, and helped disseminate them.
The exhibition presents studies Leonardo's research on water, collected in 72 original handwritten pages between 1504 and 1508
Also in spring, at the Foundation named after the scholar in the town of his birth, the Angel Gabriel will be on display, the only surviving example of a sculpture in terracotta, whose attribution to the young Leonardo is still the subject of discussion.
Finally, the famous Self Portrait owned by the Royal Museums of Turin, which is held in the vaults of the Royal Library, will be put on public view in April, an unusual occurrence.
Leonardo da Vinci
Excavator for Canal Construction
Codex Atlanticus, f. 3 r.
Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan
Leonardo da Vinci
Notes and Drawings on Water Currents Encountering Obstacles
Courtesy Bill Gates/©bgC3
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