Mario Ceroli. Da Vinci’s Man
Donated to the town in 1987 by the artist himself, the large wooden sculpture standing in the square behind the Conti Guidi Castle took its inspiration from the world-famous drawing held in the Venice Gallerie dell’Accademia, in which Leonardo gives a visual representation of the idea of proportion expressed by Marcus Vitruvius Pollio in his treatise De architectura. The three-dimensional version of the work pays homage to the modernity and dynamism of Leonardo’s drawing, in which Mario Ceroli had already shown his interest back in the 1960s. The statue, which interprets the Renaissance principle of man as the measure of all things, has become the symbol of the town of Vinci and its indissoluble bond with Leonardo.
Nina Akamu . Leonardo’s Horse
The monument in Piazza della Libertà was inspired by Leonardo’s unfinished project for a colossal statue in honour of Francesco Sforza, on the creation of which Leonardo worked during his first period in Milan. In 1977 Charles Dent – a passionate admirer of the Italian Renaissance – was captivated by the idea of bringing Leonardo’s unsuccessful experiment to fulfilment, and so he set up a special foundation in Pennsylvania for this purpose, the Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse Foundation, which commissioned Nina Akamu to bring the idea to reality. The finished sculpture was donated to the town in 2001.
Mimmo Paladino. A square for Leonardo
The sculptures in Piazza de’Guidi, carved and inlaid with glass and silver laminate, which has a special scenographic effect at night, introduce the visitor to the Leonardo trail and to the tour of the town. Indeed, it was the concept of a work of great artistic worth, which could entertain a symbolic dialogue with both the museum itself and with Leonardo’s legacy, that led the Vinci administration to organize a competition inviting ideas, that was launched in 2003 and saw the participation of artists such as Anis Kapoor, Ilya Kabavov, Joseph Kosuth, and Jannis Kounnelis, and the winner of which was Mimmo Paladino. Paladino’s work, with its geometric and abstract shapes inspired by the polyhedron, symbol of the Renaissance, recalls Leonardo’s trust in geometry while giving shape, in the medieval heart of Vinci, to an original and evocative contemporary urban space.
Cecco Bonanotte. Leonardo’s baptism
In the Church of the Holy Cross, where Leonardo was christened, the chapel which still holds the fifteenth century font also houses a sculptural cycle on the History of Salvation, made in 2010 by Cecco Bonanotte. The sculptures which make up the cycle stand out because of the refined, light touch and enhanced chromatic sensitivity that Bonanotte manages to infuse into his creations. This work was commissioned by the Parish of Santa Croce and completed thanks to a contribution from the Vinci Administration and the Florence Ente Cassa di Risparmio bank.