The largest exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci ever organized in Italy continues to inspire in the waning days of its magnificent four-month run.

Highlighting Da Vinci’s ability to combine scientific thought with creative talent, art, and technology, the Palazzo Reale in Milan has brought together the largest exhibition of the artist’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, and manuscripts ever assembled in Italy. Included is arguably the most famous drawing in the world: “The Vitruvian Man.” This drawing, which displays a nude male with four arms and legs inscribed within a circle and square, has long symbolized Renaissance ideology. Completing it in 1490, Da Vinci sought to create the perfect human form based on ideal proportion and the “golden ratio” (1.618). The drawing is rarely shown in public or even loaned by the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice.

Leonardo da Vinci, “Saint John the Baptist,” circa 1513-1516, oil on walnut panel, 27 x 22 in. Musée du Louvre

Also featured in the exhibition are three masterpieces from Paris’s Musée du Louvre: “St. John the Baptist,” “The Annunciation,” and “La Belle Ferronniére”  — all of which have recently been restored.
“Leonardo Da Vinci” opened on April 15 and will be on view until July 19. 
To learn more, visit Palazzo Reale.
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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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