About the Exhibition
This is the first of a series of initiatives developed as a part of the 2019 program celebrating the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. A pop-up exhibition, curated by the Museum of Science and Technology in collaboration with the Pinacoteca di Brera that compares a visually striking selection of previously unreleased historic models by Leonardo with frescoes by 16th-century Lombardy painters including Bernardino Luini and his students.
Set up on a ‘stage’ at the museum, ‘Parade’ – a unique celebration of art and science – features a series of unmissable models and frescoes. A unique opportunity to explore Leonardo’s research and studies in different fields related to all aspects of science and engineering. The 52 models displayed comprise a significant part of the Museum’s rich collection of works and is on view until the unveiling of a new permanent exhibition, scheduled for presentation by the museum at the end of 2019. The 29 frescoes displayed were given to the museum in 1952 by the Pinacoteca di Brera, and are the work of Lombard artists who were Leonardo’s contemporaries. Inaugurated in July, this exhibition serves as a prelude to the ‘Milano e Leonardo’ project developed by the Comune di Milano as part of the celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death this year. The project includes an action-packed program of exhibitions and initiatives associated with Leonardo-related sites including Castello Sforzesco, Santa Maria delle Grazie, Palazzo Reale and the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana.