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Museo Leonardiano, Castello dei Conti Guidi
16 April 2022 - 09 October 2022
exhibition curated by Pietro C. Marani, Roberta Barsanti, Fabrizio I. Apollonio, Marco Gaiani
"Adunque [per cognoscere] è necessario figurare e descrivere"
Leonardo da Vinci, f. K/P 144v
Leonardo conceived drawing as the main instrument for investigating the world: his graphic creations are often the result of a long process of study, which leads to a sedimentation of ideas on the sheet that overlap through repentances, variations and refinements. Looking at them, it is not always easy to understand the complexity of these drawings in all their aspects.

Following the first edition of the exhibition Leonardo. Anatomy of Drawings, organised in 2019 at the Museo di Palazzo Poggi in Bologna and at the Museo Leonardiano in Vinci in 2020, the [reloaded] version is presented with the aim of making the creative processes and production methods of Leonardo's graphic works more comprehensible, through the reproduction and 3D digital processing of the drawings themselves, and bringing the visitor closer to Leonardo's drawing method.

The main tool used in the exhibition is the ISLe (InSight Leonardo) application, a digital communication artefact developed to surrogate, investigate, describe and communicate Leonardo's drawings, their methods of representation and their contents, accurately reproducing their form, characters and appearance. Through this digital reconstruction method developed by the Department of Architecture of the University of Bologna, the visitor is led to get to know the most hidden aspects of the Genius' graphic work, whose three-dimensionality, thickness and materials used are reproduced, with the aim of recreating two special conditions of fruition: the drawing as if in one's hands and showing what one cannot see with the naked eye.

Five of Leonardo's masterpieces are on display through IsLe:

- Paesaggio, 1473, Firenze, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi;
- Scenario architettonico e rissa di cavalieri (studio prospettico per l’Adorazione dei Magi), 1481 circa, Firenze, Gabinetto dei Disegni e delle Stampe delle Gallerie degli Uffizi;
- Studio di proporzioni del corpo umano detto Uomo vitruviano, 1490 circa, Venezia, Gallerie dell’Accademia;
- Fortezza a pianta quadrata, con altissime scarpe, a corpi concentrici, con torri angolari e grandioso rivellino antistante, 1507 circa, Milano, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana;
- Due mortai che lanciano palle esplosive, 1485 circa, Milano, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana

In this [reloaded] version of the exhibition, a special focus has been given to the preparatory drawing for the architectural background of the painting of the Adoration of the Magi in the Uffizi Galleries, of which a full-scale reproduction is presented together with the reproduction of the 1:3 reflectography made by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence during the recent restoration of the panel. A video contribution by Professor Pietro C. Marani contributes to the understanding of this complex preparatory drawing, also displayed in a facsimile version. A perspective box displays the 3D model of the architectural elements in the drawing and the elaborate perspective construction adopted by the artist.

The itinerary is enriched by a section on the tools Leonardo used to draw, such as handmade paper, kindly donated by Cartiera Enrico Magnani Pescia, inks, styluses and pens.

A didactic table gives visitors the chance to stop and "draw like Leonardo" before leaving the exhibition. The table invites visitors to try their hand at reproducing part of the perspective scheme of the preparatory study for the Adoration of the Magi, using Leonardo's working method and the drawing tools in use at the time, such as the silver-pointed pen.

Saturday 16 April 2022, 12 noon - Conti Guidi Castle

Organised by the City of Vinci - Department of Culture, Museo Leonardiano in collaboration with the Alma Mater Studiorum University of Bologna - Department of Architecture, with the support of the CSD Leonardo da Vinci and the contribution of Leonardo da Vinci Cut

The exhibition can be visited during the Museum's opening hours and is included in the entrance fee.

For informations: info@museoleonardiano.it – ph. 0571933251, 0571933285