He wasn’t of Milan, but he came in Milan to make a good impression to his lord, Lorenzo de’ Medici, and start working for lords of Milan. Leonardo da Vinci lived three times in Milan and he lived thousand lifes, but when he abbandoned the city, he left an indelible mark in Milan (and we won’t speak about Santa Maria delle Grazie).
Here is where:
THREE TIMES WHEN LEONARDO LIVED IN MILAN – The first time that Leonardo came in Milan was in 1482. He started to work for Ludovico il Moro and he dedicated to Codice Trivulziano, engineering works, machines, studies of anatomy. These were the years of Cecilia Gallerani’s portrait “La dama con l’ermellino” and his two versions of “La Vergine delle rocce”
In 1499 fell the duchy of Ludovico il Moro: French came in Milan, Leonardo went to Mantova, where there were the Gonzagas, then he went to Venice and Friuli.
He came back in Milan in 1506, recalled by Charles D’Ambois, and the next year by King of France, Luigi XII. After, he was in Milan from 1508 to 1513, period devoted to studies of anatomy, city planning, geometry, optics, physics and hydraulic engineering
THREE STEPS AND A LOT OF BEQUESTS TO THE CITY – We have identified 5 places – artistic works remained in the city and that, if taken together, constitute a good anthology to understand the complete works of Leonardo.
Obviously we have not mentioned the Last Supper, because everyone knows it. Discover the promotion of MilanoCard and visit the Last Supper.
#1. Basin of Naviglio
For his nautical, engineering, urban studies.
The ‘Basin of Viarenna‘ needed necessary to join Darsena, Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Pavese.
The basin was completed in 1439 and needed to facilitate the transport of the marble blocks of Candoglia, incoming from Naviglio Grande, near the Duomo of Milan, which construction with marble was begun in 1386, after the gift of Gian Galeazzo Visconti.
#2. The horse of racecourse
For analysis of the movements of the soul, the studies of anatomy, the analysis animal medicine, a sense of plasticity and sculpture.
The biggest equestrian statue of the world. It was a gift of Leonardo to American clients. The Americans gave the statue to Milan, but the people have not learned to appreciate it.
#3. The Sala delle Asse of Sforza Castle.
For the pictorial sense, illusion and perspective.
This is a great legacy from EXPO, a surprise for every visitor of Sforza Castle of Milan. At the end of the visit, the last room, at the first floor, there is the Sala delle Asse. It takes its name from the wooden boards, once they covered the walls and today is “a sketch, was waiting to be painted by Leonardo himself, who probably had to give the viewer the feeling of being outdoors under a vegetable pavilion “, said scholars when the frescos were found. Visit the Sforza Castle with the MilanoCard promotion.
#4. The vineyard of Leonardo
Leonardo, a man at the service of power, lover of pleasure and of his earth.
Welcome at Casa degli Atellani. We are in front of Last Supper and here, always during EXPO, it was inaugurated a new museum.
What things do you need to know?
The first is that Leonardo lived here in 1498 and Ludovico il Moro gave him a land to growhow he was in his beautiful Tuscany. The house dates back to XV century and inside is a wonderland room. The second, on Wednesday and Saturday, at 5.45 pm, the house-meseum hosts a guided tour with aperitif (with reservation).
#5. Piazza della Scala
Leonardo himself, thoughtful, at whose feet there are his students. End we also.
The statue of Leonardo da Vinci in Piazza della Scala shows him thoughtful, it was inaugurated on 4th September 1872, during the Second International Exhibition, with a cermony in the presence of the King.
Recalls and summarizes all the work of Leonardo’s genius in four marble bas-reliefs of Carrara:
- Leonardo painter while paints the Last Supper,
- Leonardo sculptor during the construction of the equestrian statue of Francesco Sforza,
- Leonardo architect and strategist in the realization of the works of fortification of the Duke Valentino’s castles in Romagna.
- Leonardo engineer in the construction of the navigable channels of Lombardy.
His disciples were Cesare da Sesto, Marco d’Oggiono, Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Andrea Salaino, whose works are visible today at Pinacoteca di Brera and the Museum Poldi Pezzoli.
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