Piazza dei Guidi
This striking square,created by the artist Mimmo Paladino, actually serves as the entranceto the Museum in the Palazzina Uzielli. Conceived as a series ofplanes, connecting with one another at different heights, the square creates a magical scenographic effect, well suited to the artisticand scientific figure who was the main inspiration behind it,Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci’s Man
Behindthe Conti Guidi Castle, the visitor’s attention is attractedby the large wooden sculpture by MarioCeroli, Da Vinci’s Man , inspired byLeonardo’s famous drawing of the Vitruvian Man.
The Leonardo Library
Officiallyinaugurated in 1928, the Leonardo Library has always been adocumentation centre specializing in the works of Leonardo da Vinci,an international reference point for scholars and amateur enthusiastsalike. It holds a facsimile reproduction of all Leonardo’smanuscripts and drawings, as well as all the printed editions of hisworks from the early 1600s onwards. The Institute has developed anonline archive from which one can consult the BIL (BibliografiaInternazionale Leonardiana -International Leonardo Bibliography) and was also the promoterof the E-Leo project: a digital archive devoted to the history of technics andscience in the Renaissance, with over six thousand pages from themanuscripts and drawings of Leonardo, which can be consulted onlineat no charge.
The Church of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce)
Thesmall baptistery in the Church of the Holy Cross still holds the XVCentury font at which Leonardo was christened. A tablet records theevent with the words that his grandfather AntonioDa Vinci wrote on a register of his, while the place is lent astrongly spiritual feel by the Cecco Bonanotte sculptural cycledepicting the History of Salvation.
Piazzadella Libertà is home to the bronze monument by the sculptressNina Akamu. The statue draws inspiration from Leonardo’s manydrawings of horses, particularly those relative to the plans for thenever-finished colossal statue in honour of Francesco Sforza, whichLeonardo worked on during his first period in Milan.
Certainly,the place most intimately linked to the figure of Leonardo is The House in Anchiano where Leonardo was born, the fifteenth-Century farmhouse where the great artist was born on April 15 1452.
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