Temporary exhibitions

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The art of building a masterpiece: Trajan's Column
Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius
Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
From Hell to the Empyrean. Dante's World between Science and Poetry
Leonardo da Vinci: Visions. Technological challenges of the Universal Genius
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Leonardo da Vinci e il moto perpetuo
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Torino, MAUTO – Museo Nazionale dell’Automobile (08.04.2022 – 25.09.2022)

The dream of autonomous movement, independent of human and animal energy, is as old as the history of mankind. Its first expressions are lost in antiquity and are reflected in art, poetry and literature.

Leonardo da Vinci e il moto perpetuo
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Florence, Palazzo Pitti (14.12.2021 – 29.05.2022)

Taking its cue from Galileo’s academic lectures on the measurement and site of Dante’s Inferno the exhibition will frame Dante’s scientific skills in the culture of his time.

Leonardo da Vinci and Perpetual Motion
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Florence, Museo Galileo (10.10.2019 – 12.01.2020)

Can one have perpetual motion? The search for the perfect machine, which would work with total efficiency and be self-sufficient ad infinitum, occupied natural philosophers and engineers from the Middle Ages onwards.

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Montepulciano, Fortezza (25.05.2019 – 08.09.2019)

In 1502 and 1503 Leonardo da Vinci traveled across Tuscany, drawing up splendid hydrological maps...

Leonardo e i suoi libri. La biblioteca del Genio Universale
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Firenze, Boboli Gardens, Limonaia Grande 21.06.2019 – 06.10.2019)

Trajan’s Column was inaugurated in 113 AD. It is an engineering feat of incredible complexity which bears witness to the heights attained by Roman civilization in the art of building.

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Leonardo e i suoi libri. La biblioteca del Genio Universale
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(2019)

Leonardo was not at all—as generally retained—“an unlettered man”. An avid reader, he owned nearly two hundred books, an extraordinary number for a 15th-century artist-engineer.

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Water as Microscope of Nature. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester
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(2018-2019)

The exhibition focuses on water, an element that intrigues Leonardo. He acutely investigated on its elementary structure, in order to exploit its energy and control its often disastrous effects.

Leonardo da Vinci. Anatomies: Machines, Human Body, Nature

(2018)

One of the most innovative aspects of Leonardo’s contribution is his analysis of the “organs” of machines, that he considered not as an indivisible whole, but as an assemblage of distinct parts.

Piero della Francesca: The Fascination of Perspective
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(2018)

The exhibition stages the “two souls” of Piero della Francesca, who was both an exquisite painter and a great mathematician.