The Marvels of Nature at the Palazzo Reale

The Marvels of Nature at the Palazzo Reale
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Art and science meet at the Palazzo Reale for the 500th Anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The extraordinary variety of nature offers a high-impact exhibition with precious paintings, illustrations from the rare codexes and 160 kinds of animals from the Museo di Storia Naturale, the Aquarium of Milan and the MUSE of Trento, gathered together in a way that is reminiscent of the “room of wonders” from ages past. With the through-line of the artistic depiction of the natural world, the exhibition spans three centuries - from the 1400s to the 1600s, we see art by masters such as Leonardo, present with a drawing from the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, and Caravaggio, whose Fruit Basket can be seen and compared with the Metal Plate with Peaches by Giovanni Ambrogio Figino. But the heart of the exhibition lies in the Sala delle Cariatidi, where the Orpheus Cycle has been reconfigured, one of the most exceptional decorative works of the XVII Century: 23 canvases make up a fantastical landscape in which 200 animals roam, reproduced with life-size accuracy. Common species mingle with rare breeds, as well as imaginary creatures like the unicorn in a 360° work, which reproduces the original display of the ancient Palazzo Visconti on Via Montenapoleone.
Francesca Grego - © 2019 ARTE.it for Bulgari Hotel Milano