Leonardo Da Vinci, drawings and manuscripts

9 May to 14 July 2003 | Parigi, Museo del Louvre

curated by Françoise Viatte and Varena Forcione

After more than fifty years since the last meeting with Leonardo da Vinci, it is with great satisfaction that the Louvre Museum will once again host an exhibition in their rooms dedicated to the great Florentine artist, famous protagonist of the Italian Renaissance and one of the most extraordinary talents every time. More than 130 designs - including 85 original Tuscan master and 47 of his students - three paintings, manuscripts and 12 second album "caricatures" are the extensive collection of works that will, from May 9 to July 14, to retrace some essential steps of the artistic, intellectual and human of the great painter.The exhibition is organized by the Museum of the Louvre and the Réunion des Musées Nationaux, with the outstanding contribution of the Institut de France and the participation of the Centre National des Arts Plastiques. The exhibition is made possible with the support of Euromobil Group. Building on collection of drawings preserved in the Department of Graphic Arts at the Louvre - whose permanent collection boasts the most substantial number of paintings by the artist, six -, the exhibition aims to take stock of the main research conducted in recent years, through the parallel investigation of a careful selection and significant designs of the Teacher and some of his enlightening written documents. The numerous works kindly provided by institutions in France and abroad - mainly British, Italian, American and German, but also of other nationalities - were chosen by the two curators of the exhibition, and Françoise Viatte Varena Forcione, following a criterion of consistency with the bottom drawings of the Louvre, some of which have never been shown to the public until now. The twelve manuscripts, usually kept at the Library of the Institut de France - shown on this occasion for the first time since 1952 - will be made ??available to the public in their entirety, as a valuable record of the legendary artist heterogeneity of research . Digital images of the highest quality will be able to be found at the entrance of the exhibition, on the computers provided, and you can admire the original along the course of the exhibition, arranged in the various sections, in chronological order