Curated by: Nicola Barbatelli
The exhibition represents a unique opportunity to admire and understand, in an overview, the extraordinary complexity of Leonardo da Vinci's painting and his time. In particular, we intend to reason, with new and compelling elements, on the historical position of some fragments of life in the Tuscan genre and the artistic relationships with its most trusted pupils and followers: among the many Giovan Pietro Rizzoli known as Giampietrino, Marco d'Oggiono, Cesare da Sesto, Gian Giacomo Caprotti known as Salai and Bernardino Luini.
The exhibition at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin offers visitors 23 works including the superb Maddalena discinta, the work that the great scholar Leonardo Pedretti had attributed to the collaboration between Leonardo and the pupil Giampietrino (today instead assigned to the collaboration between the genius of Vinci and the gifted pupil Marco d'Oggiono). In addition, two famous drawings attributed to Leonardo will be exhibited, such as the study by Testa di vecchio (rehearsed as a pupil) and a fragment for a thought for the lost Battle of Anghiari, once realized by the Master in the Salone dei Cinquecento in Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence .
The artistic legacy of the Florentine genius will be almost completely revised through the skilful brushes of its main followers: Giampietrino, Marco d'Oggiono, Cesare da Sesto, Salaì, Bernardino Luini and others, will tell of a bond with Leonardo built on the structure of a schooling occurred in the shadow of more or less direct knowledge of the major masterpieces of the latter.