On the occasion of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci the Civic Museums pay homage to the Florentine genius with an exhibition of Leonardo's themed prints, part of its rich collection of engravings.
"It was a surprising discovery for me as well," affirmed the Councilor for Culture, Massimiliano Longo, "the beautiful Leonardesque-themed engravings on display in this small, original and refined exhibition, highlighted once again, the great value inherent in the rich heritage artistic preserved in the Civic Museums. "
Between the Neoclassical Age and Romanticism in the myth of Leonardo, an absolute talent and a sublime painter, it is retraced and celebrated by the engravers of time through the revival of works derived from models of unreachable quality based on Leonardo or from the reworking of the pottery of students.
For engravers, the works of the Leonardesque, rich in chiaroscuro and shadow games typical of Leonardo's creations, are an indispensable challenge. In the nineteenth century the great diffusion of these prints will contribute significantly to the consolidation of the myth on the one hand, and from another to the knowledge and reconsideration of Lombard artists remained along the shadow cone of the Tuscan master.
In addition to a good number of prints derived from the works of Leonardo and his followers, some engravings will be exhibited in the exhibition, I will dedicate a celebration of the myth through the revival of episodes of his life, an emblematic character of the Italian character on which he was building the national identity.
Through the use of multimedia, the exhibition itinerary will offer insights on the subject of engraving, techniques and subjects involved in the creation of an art print.
The exhibition will be flanked by many initiatives aimed not only at schools.