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In 2019, for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, there will be many events in Florence and the outskirts.


The first exhibition at the Uffizi, dedicated to the Codex Leicester, is already over but an important art show, somehow an introduction to the works of the genius, is about to begin: it is Verrocchio master of Leonardo in Palazzo Strozzi from March 8 to July 14. On display masterpieces by Andrea del Verrocchio and his studio where major artists, including Leonardo, trained.

Inside Palazzo Vecchio the dream of admiring Leonardo’s most famous unfinished work comes true: the Battle of Anghiari, that was supposed to decorate the meeting hall of the Grand Council of the Republic of Florence and that has not survived. An exhibition titled Sulle tracce della battaglia di Anghiari (On the traces of the Battle of Anghiari) inaugurates February 23 and last until January 12 of next year, and will allow visitors to rediscover the work of art, with a dedicated itinerary that includes the Salone dei Cinquecento, the Apartments of Eleonora of Toledo, the Loeser Collection in the Mezzanine.

12 pages selected from the corpus of Leonardo’s Codex Atlanticus, housed in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan, are the core of another very important exhibition held at Palazzo Vecchio from March 29. Leonardo da Vinci e Firenze. Fogli scelti dal Codice Atlantico (Leonardo da Vinci and Florence. Selected pages from the Codex Atlanticus) investigates the close link between Leonardo and the city of Florence, a long lasting and complex relationship. The exhibition also includes a painting, Busto del Redentore, attributed to Gian Giacomo Caprotti, known as Salaino. The exhibition will end June 24.

Leonardo was an artist but also a scientist, a designer, an inventor. The illustrious spaces and the great cloister of Santa Maria Novella are the premises for Leonardo e la botanica, an exhibit dedicated to the Maestro's science studies that we will be able to enjoy from September.

Even though he didn't have a so-called "academic" educational background, Leonardo was a man with broad cultural and intellectual interests and proof of this are the books, around 200, from which the artist learned. La biblioteca di Leonardo is the exhibit that will introduce us to the texts that the genius of Vinci studied and loved, with original books or reproductions. At the Museo Galileo from May to September.

Important exhibitions are scheduled in Vinci, Leonardo's hometown, and can be found here

Published: 4/2/2019

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