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Italian president presides exhibition opening to celebrate Leonardo's 500th anniversary - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Italian president presides exhibition opening to celebrate Leonardo’s 500th anniversary – Xinhua | English.news.cn

ROME, April 15 (Xinhua) — Italian President Sergio Mattarella on Monday presided the inauguration of a major exhibition devoted to Leonardo da Vinci, which officially gave way to annual celebrations for the 500th anniversary of the great Renaissance master’s death here.

Broadcast live by Italian news websites, the exhibition opened in the hill town of Vinci, central Tuscany region, which gave birth to Leonardo on April 15, 1452.

Titled “Leonardo da Vinci. Back to the Origins of the Genius”, the show offered a glimpse into Leonardo’s sources of inspiration and biographical ties with his native land, and was organized in cooperation with the major Uffizi Galleries in Florence.

Before an audience made of school pupils, local authorities, and Italian Minister of Cultural Heritage and Activities Alberto Bonisoli, the president highlighted Leonardo da Vinci was a leading figure in arts and science research much beyond the national boundaries.

“As a testimony to the universality of his figure, I will pay tribute to his tomb on May 2 in Amboise, together with the President of the French Republic, in a country that will also devote important celebrations to the master from Vinci,” Mattarella said.

“Other events will be also held (along the year) in Great Britain, The Netherlands, Poland, and Norway, just to name a few of them,” he specified.

May 2 is the date in which the great artist died, aged 67, near the French town of Amboise in 1519.

The exhibit at the Leonardo Museum in Vinci will last until Oct. 15, offering exceptional testimonies of the childhood and youth of the Renaissance artist, as well as of his works.

These included the famous “Paesaggio” (Landscape) work, Leonardo’s first drawing dated 1473, which was lent by the Uffizi Galleries.

There was also the notarial protocol in which Leonardo’s great-grandfather — Antonio da Vinci — noted date and time of the birth of his nephew Leonardo, as the illegitimate child of his son Piero.

Several other exhibitions and events to mark this anniversary will be held across Italy in 2019, some of them lasting until the first months of 2020. Over 50 events will take place in the Tuscany region alone, regional governor Enrico Rossi announced during the ceremony in Vinci on Monday.

The local authorities’ aim was to create “a widespread museum with events, conferences, and debates in every area of Tuscany in order to remember the 500 years since the death of Leonardo in a worthy manner,” the governor explained in a statement.

Among the major cultural events scheduled outside Tuscany was the exhibitionLeonardo: science before science” ongoing at the Scuderie del Quirinale museum near the presidential palace in Rome.

Set up in cooperation with Milan’s National Museum of Science and Technology and Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana until June 30, the exhibit traced “Leonardo’s work from the technological and scientific point of view, from his Tuscan formation to his Milan staying and until his late Roman period,” the Scuderie said in a presentation.

This exhibit “finally offers a broad perspective on this great figure, who has often been described as an isolated genius,” the museum added.

Another extensive exhibition was to open at the Royal Museums in northwest Turin on April 16 (until July 14) under the title “Leonardo da Vinci: Drawing the Future”, and would display Leonardo’s most renowned self-portrait among other drawings.

Another flagship event was the “Verrocchio, Master of Leonardoexhibition currently being held at the Palazzo Strozzi Foundation in Florence (until July 14), which explored “the early years of Leonardo da Vinci’s career, providing an overview of the artistic output in Florence” at the time of the Renaissance master.

This exhibition included over 120 paintings, sculptures, and drawings from several museums and collections including the Metropolitan Museum in New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum in London, the Louvre in Paris, and the Uffizi Galleries in Florence, according to the management.