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Leonardo da Vinci

Details of the Exhibition
Tuesday, 23 April - Sunday, 30 June, 2013
Closed on Mondays, except on 29 April, 6 May. Tuesday, 7 May is closed.
Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum(Ueno Park,Tokyo)
9:30a.m. - 5:30p.m. (Friday until 8:00p.m.)
Last entry 30 minutes before closing.

Organized by: Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo Broadcasting System Television, INC., The Asahi Shimbun
Patronized by: The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Embassy of Italy, BS-TBS, TBS radio & Communications, J-WAVE
With the Sponsorship of: NIPPON LIFE INSURANCE COMPANY, Nissha Printing Co., LTD.
Scientific assistance: Graduate School of Humanities and Sociology/Faculty of Letters, The University of Tokyo
With the Cooperation of: Alitalia-Compagnia Aerea Italiana S.p.A., ARTER A, Nippon Cargo Airlines Co., Nippon Express, East Japan Railway Company

General Information: 03-5777-8600 (Japanese Only)
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) is one of the grand master of the Italian Renaissance. This exhibition will gather together in one location representative works of the Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana-including Leonardo's Portrait of a Musician and 22 leaves from his Codex Atlanticus-in an endeavor to explore the appeal of Leonardo's works and the thought processes behind them. The exhibition will also demonstrate Leonardo's influences through oil paintings by Bernardino Luini, Giampietrino, and other of his pupils (Leonardeschi), and will underscore his importance as a draughtsman in the history of drawing since the Italian Renaissance through selected gems from the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana's collection of drawings.
This will be the first presentation in Japan of the collection of the Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana-a library and picture gallery founded in the 17th century by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan. It will thus be a precious opportunity to view an important historical collection and to savor Leonardo's extraordinary legacy of genius.
Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 - 1519)
One of the greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance, Leonardo was born in the town of Vinci in the region of Florence in 1452. After an apprenticeship in the studio of Andrea del Verrocchio, he traveled to Milan, which was under the reign of Ludovico Sforza, and painted the famous Last Supper. Enjoying the patronage of Florence's House of Medici and, later, the French king, Leonardo worked in many regions of Europe. His innovative painting techniques, which include careful, detailed depiction based on observation of nature and the use of subtle tone gradation from light to shadow, combined to produce such extraordinary works as La Gioconda (Mona Lisa) whose influence on later centuries was immeasurable. Leonardo not only possessed genius as a painter. His innumerable accomplishments as a musician, stage designer, and military engineer are also legend. Such was his passion and intellectual curiosity that his interests extended beyond art to nature and science, and he produced an enormous numbers of notes and drawings in his notebooks.
About Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
The Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana is located in the heart of Milan, a major metropolis in northern Italy. It is named after St. Ambrose, the patron saint of Milan. Founded in 1607 by Cardinal Federico Borromeo, archbishop of Milan, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana is counted among Europe's oldest public libraries.
Cardinal Borromeo later established an art academy at the library and, in 1618, donated his own collection of paintings, drawings, prints, and sculptures to the academy, thus laying the foundation for the present-day Pinacoteca Ambrosiana picture gallery. The collection is nevertheless renowned for its innumerable works of precious value, among them Portrait of a Musician-one of more than a dozen existent paintings by Leonardo da Vinci, as well as Leonardo's Codex Atlanticus, a faithful copy of the famed da Vinci painting, the Last Supper copied by Vespino in 17th century, Raphael's full-scale cartoon of The School of Athens, and Caravaggio's Basket of Fruit.
Portrait of a Musician
Codex Atlanticus
A bound set of volumes containing notes and drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. When Leonardo died in Ambroise, France in 1519, he left a great number of books and manuscripts to his pupil, Francesco Melzi. The Spanish sculptor Pompeo Leoni later gathered the manuscripts in a bound set of volumes. Their name Codex Atlanticus derives from the mount size of its leaves, which have the same dimensions as the pages of an atlas. This codex, the largest and most complete of the codices of Leonardo now existing, can be called a compendium of Leonardo's detailed knowledge and curiosity concerning a broad range of fields, including mechanics, mathematics, astronomy, geology, botany, and anatomy. The drawings sprinkled throughout the codex, including studies of the ancient sculpture, the Sleeping Ariadne, are a great part of its fascination. The Codex Atlanticus was taken by Napoleon to Paris along with Leonardo's other notebooks, and only the Codex Atlanticus was eventually returned to Milan. Other Leonardo codices include the Codex Windsor, Codex Paris, Codex Madrid , and Codex Leicester. The codices, filled with extensive observations by a scientific genius far ahead of his time, in days when modern science was in its earliest infancy, constitute a legacy of immense value to humanity.
Codex Atlanticus
8-36, Ueno-koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo 110-0007
7-minute walk from Park Exit (Koen-guchi) of JR Ueno Station,
10-minute walk from Keisei Ueno Station of Keisei Railways,
10-minute walk from Tokyo Metro Subway Ueno Station of Ginza Line or Hibiya Line
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