At the Palazzo Reale, a Journey through the Mind of a Genius of the Renaissance

At the Palazzo Reale, a Journey through the Mind of a Genius of the Renaissance
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A journey through the imagination of Leonardo, with machines, maps, terrifying images of floods and citations from manuscripts of the master which offer the public a look at the complex actuality of the genius himself. Celebrating the 500th Anniversary of the death of the master, Palazzo Reale and the Istituto della Enciclopedia Italiana Treccani promote a multimedia exhibition entrusted to Studio Azzurro. Comprised of seven video-installations, five of which are interactive, this itinerary dedicated to Leonardo speaks as much to our times as it does to his. In four of the sections, the visitor is invited to choose certain key-words from the lexicon of da Vinci, which, once uttered, launch video narrations, in which the drawings of Leonardo are flanked, explored or revisited with films that are, at times, hyper-realistic and, at others, almost abstract. From observations on nature to a “broad” view of the city - which never overlooks the ways, rites and habits of a complex society - from landscapes seen from a “bird’s eye” view to the machines of peace (studded tires, waterwheels, studies for “ways to walk on water” and “breathe under water”, webbed gloves, life vests, a diving suit), visitors navigate the great mind of a genius. The fifth section is dedicated to war machines, while in the sixth, on an eight-metre table, plaster casts reproduce elements of both male and female bodies. Pointing a tiny flashlight at the plaster casts themselves, video narrations specific to each portion of the body are projected. In the last section of the itinerary dedicated to painting, a monitor presents numerous paintings by Leonardo.

Samantha De Martin - © 2019 ARTE.it per Bulgari Hotel Milano