Exhibitions and tributes to the Renaissance genius mark the fifth centenary of his death in several European cities

Renaissance genius Leonardo da Vinci is the great protagonist of the year 2019, a period that marks the 500th anniversary of his death – which took place in May 1519 in Amboise, France – and the opportune moment to honor his vast artistic and scientific legacy.

Various events including exhibitions, presentations and special activities will take place across Europe to celebrate the date. THE start with Italy – especially the region of Tuscany, cradle of the Renaissance and the artist’s birthplace – following through France, where he was buried, and finally passing through several cities in the United Kingdom, various manifestations will exalt the legacy of the man who was far ahead of him. your time.

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Follow here what will be the events in Europe that will mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci and take advantage of the unique opportunity if you have a trip planned to any of these regions.


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In Florence, birthplace of the Renaissance, is where most of the tributes to Da Vinci in Italy are concentrated. It was in the city that the young Leonardo took lessons as an apprentice to the artist Andrea del Verrocchio and acquired his first intellectual influences. Part of this process is on display at the Strozzi Palace, which features in the exhibition “Verrocchio, Leonardo's Master” canvases by his mentor and his students, on display until June 14th.

At Palazzo Vecchio, also in Florence, the exhibition “Leonardo a Firenze”, which runs until June 24, presents parts of the Codex Atlanticus, a collection of documents that bring together more than a thousand pages with Leonardo’s notes on his studies.

In Florence, there is also the exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci: Visions – The Technological Challenges of the Universal Genius”, at the Galileo Museum until February 2020, which presents projects, instruments, tools and books that belonged to the Renaissance master.


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Vinci, which is just 48 kilometers from Florence, is the city where Leonardo was born and, deservedly, will also pay tribute to its most notorious citizen. The Leonardiano Museum presents an exhibition until the 15th of October that shows the impact of the local landscape on the works created by the genius.

Other events in Italy

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Rome will also pay tribute to da Vinci's genius. The Scuderie del Quirinale, a rococo palace located in Piazza del Quirinale, will hold an exhibition with more than 200 pieces related to the artist until June 30th.

In romantic Venice, visitors will be able to see 24 rare drawings by the genius in an exhibition entitled “Man Is the Model of the World”, which runs until June 30 at the Galleria Dell'Accademia.

In Milan, the city where Da Vinci lived the longest, several events will take place until the beginning of 2020. Among them, the reopening of the Sala delle Asse, in Castello Sforzesco, which has undergone a recent restoration. A multimedia exhibition will be set up to show visitors a true journey through time, returning to the time of the Renaissance. The exhibition runs from May 16 to January 12, 2020.

Other places in Europe

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It was in France that Leonardo da Vinci spent his last years, dying in Amboise, in the Loire Valley. That's why the country will also hold more than 500 cultural events dedicated to the polymath. The Royal Castle of Amboise, where the artist was buried, opens an exhibition on the last years of his life that runs until 31 August.

In October, the Louvre Museum in Paris will host a major exhibition with works by Da Vinci temporarily loaned by Italy, such as the “Vitruvian Man”, “Woman's Head” and “The Annunciation and “St Jerome”.

If you are in England, you will be able to appreciate more than 500 works by Leonardo, including notes and paintings, which are part of a collection of Queen Elizabeth II. Currently, 144 works from this collection are already on display in twelve simultaneous exhibitions in different cities across the country. From May 24, these pieces will be on display at Buckingham Palace in London, along with others that are also part of the same collection.

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