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from 29 August 2013 to 01 December 2013
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

Leonardo da Vinci
L'uomo universale

Press Release

From August 29th to December 1st, 2013, the Soprintendenza Speciale per il Patrimonio Storico Artistico ed Etnoantropologico e per il Polo Museale della città di Venezia, led by Giovanna Damiani, will present the exhibition: “Leonardo da Vinci. The Universal Man” at the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. The exhibition is organized by MondoMostre and curated by the Director of the Department and Prints and Drawings of the Gallerie dell’Accademia, Annalisa Perissa.

For the first time in thirty years – the last time was in 1980 – the public will have the opportunity to view the entire collection of Leonardo’s drawings conserved at the Gallerie dell’Accademia since 1822: 25 graphic works usually not on public display. Alongside the venetian drawings, another 27 precious folios will be exhibited, prestigious loans from both Italian museums, such as the Royal Library of Turin, the Uffizi in Florence, the National Gallery of Parma, and major international collections, such as the Royal Collection from Windsor Castle, the British Museum, Oxford University’s Ashmolean Museum and the Musée du Louvre.

An exhibition not be missed, that will be visible only once a generation. For an objective reason: the drawings, before and after being on public display, will necessarily have to return in the dark of their climate-controlled vaults. It is a priority that is rightfully imposed to safeguard the conservation of these most fragile and precious works.