Three masterpieces by Leonardo come to Milan for the Expo

The Louvre museum in Paris lends the Lombardia capital three works for the exhibition to be held during the World’s Fair

The exhibition “Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519. Drawing the world“, to be held at the Palazzo Reale in Milan from 15 April to 19 July 2015, is being enhanced with another three masterpieces by the Tuscan genius.The Louvre, the Parisian museum where the works are kept, has said yes to the request from the exhibition’s curators, Pietro Marani and Maria Teresa Fiorio.“St. John the Baptist”, ”Annunciation” and “La Belle Ferronière” will therefore arrive in the Lombard capital for the World’s Fair and provide one more attraction for visitors and tourists.The exhibition is one of the main cultural events arranged during the World’s Fair and will be the largest Leonardo exhibition ever held in Italy.In addition to a substantial core of his pictorial masterpieces (“Portrait of a Musician” from the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana, “St. Jerome in the Wilderness” from the Vatican Museums, “La Scapigliata” from the Galleria Nazionale di Parma and “The Dreyfus Madonna” from the National Gallery of Art in Washington), there will be some of his original codices and more than 100 original drawings, 30 of which come from the British royal collections.The aim of the exhibition is to offer a broad view of Leonardo, encompassing all the work of the versatile artist and scientist, and to demonstrate the influence that he has had as a painter and art theorist in the modern age.The exhibition is intended for a large audience and will also include a series of exploratory opportunities outside Palazzo Reale which will involve the local Lombard area, in the cities and beyond, and sites with a connection to Leonardo.

The exhibition, which will also include works by other great painters such as Antonella da Messina, Botticelli, Filippo Lippi, Paolo Uccello and Bramante, will therefore be able to look forward to the arrival of these three masterpieces from the Parisian museum as well.These paintings, especially “La Belle Ferronière” and “St. John the Baptist”, highlight the enigmatic, elusive aspect of the Tuscan genius and continue to bewitch critics and the public alike, even today, with the possible interpretations that can be given to details, looks or the whole painting.

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