On the eve of the "year of Leonardo" museums compete for loans of his works

Museums across Europe are competing fiercely for Leonardo da Vinci’s works: in 2019 it will be 500 years since the artist’s death, and exhibitions in Paris, London, Florence, Krakow and other cities will be timed to coincide with this date.Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519 at the age of 67 in his house near the royal castle of Amboise in the Loire Valley. He worked for King Francis I and was buried in the castle. Discussions are still ongoing as to whether the artist owned a skull exhumed from the XIX century from the grave there.

Leonardo da Vinci, "Warrior's Head" (1500s). Museum of Fine Arts, Budapest
Overtake all competitors decided Taylor Museum in Harlem, the Netherlands. He began his show on October 5, 2018 and will finish on January 6, 2019. Such a move greatly simplified the institution receiving loans. The institute, which does not own any Leonardo work, was able to write out about thirty of his drawings. Half came from the Royal Collection in the UK, and the rest from major museums in Budapest, Vienna, Paris and other cities. The curators focused on the physiognomic studies of Leonardo.

Next was the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, which made an exhibition based on the Leicester Code, lent by Bill Gates. The founder of Microsoft bought the manuscript for nearly $ 31 million at an auction in 1994. Formerly, the notebook of more than two and a half centuries belonged to the Counts of Lesters from Great Britain, after whom it received its name.Bill and Melinda Gates sponsored the creation of the Codecs, a tool that allows for a detailed study of the Leicester Code. Photo: Uffizi Galleries The exhibition “Water as a Microscope of Nature” does not only present original manuscript sheets in two-sided display cases. All of them are digitized, and six interactive touch screens allow visitors to carefully study, scale and get a full transcript of the fragments of interest. The mini-site of the exhibition will continue to work even after the completion of the exhibition on January 20, 2019.
  • Leonardo da Vinci, "Mona Lisa (Gioconda)" (1500s). Louvre, Paris
  • Leonardo da Vinci, "Savior of the World (Salvator Mundi)" (1500). Louvre Abu Dhabi
The largest retrospective of Leonardo da Vinci will open in the Paris Louvre in the autumn of 2019. The curators have set an ambitious goal - to collect the greatest number of works by the artist. Along with Mona Lisa, the institution owns four other works recognized by the master's paintings (there are about 15 in total). The museum is also in a privileged position - it can borrow the “Savior of the World”, which was sold for $ 450 million a year ago and entered the Louvre Foundation Abu Dhabi.
The royal collection of Great Britain owns more than five hundred drawings of Leonardo, which were intertwined in an album that was part of the collection of Charles II. The most significant of them will be presented in the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace and at the Holyrood Palace in Edinburgh. The royal collection usually does not make loans for shows, so it did not ask for the "Savior of the World", which once belonged to Charles I. After the execution of the king in 1649, the work was valued at £ 30 and transferred to the monarch's creditor.An old man in a wreath of ivy and a lionLeonardo da Vinci1505, 18.3 × 13.6 cmThe museum on the artist's birthplace in Tuscan Vinci plans to exhibit from April to June 2019, building it around a picture of Montalbano, borrowed from Uffizi. This sketch is an educational sketch that the artist uses to study nature. Such a recipe for the artist, where everything is simple and clear. An etude is written quickly, precisely, schematically, literally on the knee - this is a proven way to touch the world and catalog it. But the status of etude in the history of art is so unstable that sometimes it acquires much more significance than the final picture, for which he served as a help. He is surrounded by a serious wide frame - and hoisted on the museum walls. So in what case is an etude a student warm-up, and in which is an independent, lively and valuable work? Read further, made in 1473, when the artist turned 21, is often considered the earliest landscape in Europe.
Milan, where Leonardo worked from 1482 to 1499, represented a comprehensive exhibition in 2015, so it is difficult to repeat it. However, the Ambrosian City Library, which owns the "Portrait of a Musician" (1490) and the Atlantic Code (1478-1519), is also expected to celebrate the jubilee year.Sketch of the Tuscan landscape by Leonardo da Vinci August 15, 1473, 28.5 × 19 cm

Leonardo da Vinci, "The Lady with an Ermine" (1489/90). National Museum, Krakow
The castle in Amboise, where the artist died, can attract a record number of visitors. In the Leonardo da Vinci Clos-Luce House-Museum, next door, from June 1 to September 2, 2019, a special show will be held in the center of which will be the tapestry The Last Supper (1533). It was made for Francis I and should be provided by the Vatican Museums.
The Czartoryski Museum in Krakow, which owns the portrait “Lady with an Ermine” (1489/90), is closed for restoration, but the painting is temporarily located in the National Museum in the same Polish city. The Czartoryski Museum is due to resume work in December 2019.

Also in Arthive: Why “Madonna Litta" was the subject of discussion on the eve of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo and what has Boltraffio? In addition, in London and Florence, a virtual presentation of the idea of ​​Leonardo for a perpetual motion machine should be presented. And the Royal Academy of Arts in London will hand over its early pictorial replica of The Last Supper for permanent display at the Burlington Gardens building, which opens on May 19th. The work, created around 1520, is believed to belong to Djampetrino and Marco d'Odzhono. However, the Italian scientist Pietro Marani believes that the full-size copy began Boltraffio together with the other two artists. The demonstration will provide easy access for specialists, and there is a hope that they will be able to solve the problem of attribution. Arthiv: read us in the Telegram and look at Instagram
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