In the year of the Expo 2015, the Palazzo Reale in Milan celebrates the genius of Leonardo da Vinci with the largest Da Vinci exhibition ever organised in Italy.
The exhibition highlights Da Vinci’s ability to combine scientific thought with creative talent, art and technology. It includes paintings, drawings, sculptures and manuscripts, brought together from the finest museums in the world, amongst which the British Museum in London, the Uffizi in Florence, and the Metropolitan Museum in New York.
Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan contributes to the exhibition with over thirty drawings from the Atlantic Codex. Musée du Louvre in Paris has allowed three Da Vinci paintings to travel to Milan, all of which are masterpieces: St. John the Baptist, the Annunciation, and La Belle Ferronnière, which has just been restored.
Also the Vitruvian Man will be on display, one of the most famous drawings in the world. Da Vinci made this masterpiece around 1490. It shows the correlations of ideal human proportions with geometry, as described by the Roman architect Vitruvius. The drawing is conserved at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice and only occasionally shown to the public. At the Leonardo 1452–1519 exhibition it will be on display for one month only, which is the maximum loan time allowed by the conservation rules.