The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Famous self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci on display for the first time at exhibition in Turin
Visitors look at a book with a Leonardo da Vinci self-portrait in it during the preview of the exhibition 'Leonardo. The Genius. The Myth' in the Palace of Venaria in Turin, Italy. The show about the genius of Leonardo da Vinci runs from 17 November 2011 to 29 January 2012. EPA/ALESSANDRO DI MARCO.

TURIN.- The exhibition, conceived and organized on the occasion of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Italian Unification by the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage is aimed to offer a journey into Leonardo’s works: about 30 original drawings from some important Italian and foreign institutions and some writings about the Autoritratto from the Biblioteca Reale of Turin. The path includes also a series of works from the 15th to the 20th century, telling us the importance and the strengthening of the physiognomy of Genius in ancient and modern arts, as well as the influence of Leonardo on contemporary art.

An opening section offers the visitor the chance to know the artist through a biography that illustrates his social contest, his cultural background and the multiple fields of activity in which the Maestro worked. An illustrative and interpretational video report about Leonardo’s works, focused on the topic of the physiognomy of the artist, curated by Piero Angela, helps to introduce visitors in the world of the artist. The exhibition is achieved by a multimedia area, introduced by a digital reproduction of the Last Supper on 1:1 scale, that allows to analyze the details of gestures and physiognomies of one of Leonardo’s major masterpieces. The fortune of Leonardo in literature is described by the projection of literary writings, while a section, realized in collaboration with the Museo del Cinema of Turin and curated by Arnaldo Colasanti, presents a series of movies inspired by his genius.

The section about drawings, curated by Carlo Pedretti, Paola Salvi and Clara Vitulo, presents the Codice del Volo degli Uccelli and a complete set of 13 autograph writings belonging to the collections of the Biblioteca Reale of Turin, including the famous Autoritratto. Prestigious national and international lendings integrate and provide a context for the topics of the Turin collection, particularly those of human face, nature, human anatomy and machines.

The figure of Leonardo is analyzed through a selection of works by artists from the 15th to the 18th century, curated by Pietro Marani. Through this section, visitors may easily understand how the physiognomy of the artist soon became the icon of the Renaissance genius. A specific section is dedicated to the construction of Leonardo’s image as the epithome of the Italian character, a rhetorical device used before and after the Italian Unification.

The section about the fortune of Leonardo in contemporary art, curated by Renato Barilli, is opened by the famous tribute by Marcel Duchamp, that apparently defaced Mona Lisa by drawing a moustache. Another unmissable topic is the Last Supper, with the series of reprocessed reproductions by Andy Warhol, but also many other main characters of contemporary art, such as Spoerri, Nitsch, Recalcati. The theme of the Uomo Vitruviano can be found in the work of Ceroli. Leonardo was also a scholar of physiognomy, who inspired Lavater’s types and later influenced the works of Goya, Daumier, and Grosz. Lastly, a precious note by Leonardo invites the visitor to look at the stains on walls and see arcane scenes and landscapes, as it occurred in the works of Informal artists like Wols, Tápies, Rotella, Twombly, Benedini and Novelli.

The exhibition is set up in the wide spaces of the 18th century Scuderia Grande, under the direction of the Academy Awards winner Oscar Dante Ferretti, who put on the stage the great Leonardo’s machines as containers of the artist’s works. Great and spectacular projections on the walls are aimed to emphasize the theme of Autoritratto.

Today's News

November 18, 2011

Famous self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci on display for the first time at exhibition in Turin

Sotheby's Latin American Art evening sale in New York totals $17 million, breaks records

Abu Dhabi Art 2011: 50 prestigious and innovative galleries participate in this year's edition

Gesamtkunstwerk: New art from Germany on show at the Saatchi Gallery in London

Israelis mapping Mount of Olives necropolis using 21st-century technology

Dissident Chinese artist Ai Weiwei makes 2.4 million tax battle a 'social performance'

Previously unknown large-scale porcelain farnese expected to make £500,000 at Bonhams

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts acquires ocean without a shore video installation by Bill Viola

Bronze artifact believed to be about 1,000 years old found on Alaska's Seward Peninsula

Bonhams breaks world records in 20th century British and Irish sale held yesterday

Miami Art Museum presents rare opportunity to see works by Marcel Duchamp

Only known Mickey Mouse double-figure Slate Dancer toy at Morphy Auctions

Remembering a lost museum: The first Jewish museum and modern art collection of the world

Julia Marget Cameron's intimate of Virginia Woolf's mother sells for £57,650 at Bonhams

Barbara Kruger at the Pinakothek der Moderne in Munich

Harvard Presents first solo Boston-Area exhibition of Laurel Nakadate's videos

Pakpoom Silaphan "Remastering the Masters" at Scream London

Sotheby's to offer previously unknown manuscript notebook of poems and songs by Rabindranath Tagore

Prehistoric whales exposed in Chilean fossil bed

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Original 'Star Wars' creators lift lid on special effects challenges

2.- Lost '$170 million Caravaggio' snapped up before French auction

3.- Mansell's 'Red Five' on pole for Bonhams sale

4.- Impressionism's 'forgotten woman' shines in new Paris show

5.- Sotheby's to auction the best-surviving NASA videotape recordings of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing

6.- Exhibition explores Dutch and Spanish painting of the 16th and 17th centuries

7.- Cyprus discovers 'first undisturbed Roman shipwreck'

8.- Sotheby's unveils 'Treasures from Chatsworth' with Leonardo Da Vinci drawing, Lucian Freud portraits, and more

9.- Infamous botched art restoration in Spain gets makeover

10.- 1958 Gibson Flying V Korina played by Dave Davies to grab center stage in Heritage Auctions' sale

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful