To celebrate the five hundred years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci (1519-2019), the Academy Galleries of Venice present the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci. L'uomo modello del mondo”. The Venetian museum has twenty-five autograph sheets by Leonardo, drawings that offer an overview of extreme interest on the artist's production, and they document, throughout its activity, the scientific research with studies of proportion of the human body, botany, optics, physics, mechanics, weapons, and with preparatory studies for some paintings such as the famous Battle of Anghiari and the Sant’Anna with the Virgin and the child. Among all, the Vitruvian Man excels, risen to a symbol of classical perfection of body and mind, of a microcosm of human dimensions which is the reflection of the entire cosmos.
The exhibition, curated by Annalisa Perissa Torrini and Valeria Poletto, proposes seventy works, including thirty-five autographs of the Tuscan genius. Alongside the Venetian drawings, other important sheets by Leonardo will be exhibited, exceptional loans from the Royal Collection of Windsor Castle, the National Gallery in Washington, the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge.
The exhibition will trace, through the graphic examples of the master and his pupils or followers, the essential stages of his existence, starting from two Studies for an Adoration of the Shepherds referable to the youth period up to the Three dancing female figures attributable to the French experience, extreme moment of the life of the artist ended in Amboise on 2 May 1519. A special section will be dedicated to the study of proportions and anatomy that will see the man as the fulcrum Vitruvian approached, in addition to important Windsor sheets, some pages of the Huygens code from The Morgan Library & Museum in New York. The Huygens code is a Renaissance manuscript attributed to Carlo Urbino da Crema which reproduces Leonardo's reflections on the movement of bodies, revealing a thought subtended to the famous sheet of the Gallerie dell'Accademia and, perhaps, the volume to which the design was intended. In-depth study will also be devoted to the sources and reflections of Leonardo's studies of proportions and anatomy with the exposition of ancient editions of the De architectura of Vitruvius, of the Divine proportion of Luca Pacioli, of the Preclarissimus liber elementorum of Euclid, of De Humani corporis Fabrica by Andrea Vesalio.