For Leonardo, art is free

Florence, Tuscany – On Thursday 6 June, the anniversary of the day Leonardo remembered an impressive episode in the mural painting of the Battle of Anghiari in Palazzo della Signoria, the exhibition “Per Leonardo: l’arte è libera (La Classe di Pittura nel V centenario della morte di Leonardo Da Vinci)” will be inaugurated in Palazzo dei Beccai, home of the Accademia delle Arti del Disegno in Florence (Via Orsanmichele 4). The exhibition can be visited free of charge until 30 June.

Twenty artists among the recognized masters of the contemporary scene have created a varied and stimulating path that is inspired and seeks to reflect on the insights and suggestions of the multifaceted work of the genius of Vinci. From an idea of the President of the Painting Class, Andrea Granchi, and the suggestions of Alessandro Vezzosi, director of the Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci, was born, in fact, an exhibition that bears witness to the many ways of contemporary artistic language, recalling even masters recently disappeared among the most appreciated Italian artists of the second half of the twentieth century, such as Luca Alinari and Umberto Buscioni. Twenty works from drawing to painting, from the three-dimensional object to the film frame without neglecting the artist’s book, with which the Academy of the Arts of Drawing wants to reflect and make people reflect on the way of looking at art as an expression of their interiority and, as Leonardo claimed, of their freedom: “The variety of techniques, as well as the invention expressed in these works – says Cristina Acidini, president of the Academy of the Arts of Drawing – would not fail to fascinate Leonardo himself. This is how Leonardo is still among us; this is also how we try to understand him and make him our own”.

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