Curated by: Nicola Barbatelli
In Venice the first stop of an international tour that will have China as its protagonist.
Palazzo Giustinian Lolin, headquarters of the Ugo and Olga Levi non-profit Foundation, hosts an important tribute to the genius of Leonardo da Vinci from 25 May to 25 August 2019, on the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of his death : the exhibition “Leonardo. From the workshop his treasures ", curated by Nicola Barbatelli in collaboration with other international scholars and the organization of the Venice 2000 Foundation. With 23 works on display - including two drawings attributed to the Tuscan genius - the project emphasizes, not only on the work of the great Master, but above all on the extraordinary paintings of his followers - including Giampietrino, Marco d'Oggiono, Cesare da Sesto, Salaì, Bernardino Luini - and their dialogue with Leonardo's artistic poetics.
"Leonardo. From the workshop his treasures ”is presented as a complement to the exhibition scheduled at the nearby Gallerie dell'Accademia, entirely dedicated to the Genius of Leonardo, and is a unique opportunity to understand the extraordinary influence of the Master in the painting of his time. The exhibition, organized in its Venetian stage by the Venice 2000 Foundation, is also the first of an international tour that will take the works to China , at the end of the Venetian exhibition period.
“Having arrived in Milan in 1482 - explains the scholar Giovanna Nepi Sciré in the essay in the catalog of the exhibition - Leonardo employed help in his workshop, reaching a very numerous presence especially in the years 1489-90 […]. They contributed to the fortune and the diffusion of his inventions, sometimes copied at the same moment of their creation, indeed he often delegated to them the pictorial translation of a graphic idea, leaving sketches and studies available, so that it would be vain to look for the prototype. And progressively we are witnessing the birth of a generation of artists who dominated the pictorial production of the first decades of the new century and whose main merit was to spread Leonardo's innovative style in many Italian and European areas: in Lombardy, first of all. , but also in Venice, in Canton Ticino, in Valtellina, in Flanders, in France and even in the Iberian Peninsula. "
The exhibition at Palazzo Giustinian Lolin offers visitors 23 works including the superb Magdalene discinta, the work that the great Leonardo scholar Carlo 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 of Testa di Vecchio (reviewed by a pupil) and a fragment for a thought for the lost Battle of Anghiari, once made by the Master in the Salone dei Cinquecento of Palazzo Vecchio, in Florence. .
The artistic legacy of the Florentine genius will be almost completely revised through the skilled brushes of his main followers: Giampietrino, Marco d'Oggiono, Cesare da Sesto, Salaì, Bernardino Luini and others, will tell of a bond with Leonardo built on the plots of a schooling occurred in the shadow of more or less direct knowledge of the latter's major masterpieces.