07 June 2021 12:06
Sunday 13 June at 10 am, at Villa Arconati-FAR in Bollate, there will be the presentation of the book by Luca Tomìo with a preface by Antonella Ranaldi, entitled Leonardo in the Duchy of Milan. Places, works, luck.
Leonardo da Vinci spent almost twenty-five years of his life in the territory of the Duchy of Milan. It is here, as Tomìo writes paraphrasing Giovanni Testori, that the genius of a boy who became a Florentine from Milan found the best conditions to express himself. Here he met people who, like him, had found an open and stimulating context in Milan. The Last Supper in Santa Maria delle Grazie, the Sforzesco Castle, the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the Museum of Science and Technology preserve precious testimonies of the work of the Universal Genius.
Luca Tomìo’s book with a preface by Antonella Ranaldi is the result of the collaboration between the Superintendence of Archeology, Fine Arts and Landscape for the metropolitan city of Milan and the Tourism Service of the Economic Development Department of the Metropolitan City of Milan which, in continuity with the work already started on the occasion of the 2019 celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, in 2020 they signed a memorandum of understanding with the aim of promoting the cultural and tourist attractiveness of the metropolitan area through the knowledge of the places frequented by Leonardo in his period of stay in the Duchy of Milan. The volume is also intended to be a tool for disseminating and enhancing the Lombard territory.
A commitment aimed at strengthening the feeling of pride and the identity bond with the places observed and described by Leonardo. The author enters his and our experience, in which it is easy to recognize himself: from the stationers of Cordusio, to the rocky peaks of the Lombard Prealps, to the fountains along the Martesana, from Villa Melzi di Vaprio d’Adda to Villa Arconati di Bollate. An analytical reconstruction of Leonardo’s precious work in Milan and, at the same time, a guide for conscious and proximity tourism. A contribution to the discovery of our places and how vital they are, rich in relationships, planning and memory. The publishing project, projected to future initiatives, contains and opens to exchanges with international cultural partners, such as the highly prestigious State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg. And, as Antonella Ranaldi writes, although works and writings enrich collections and museums scattered in various parts of the world, although much has been written, not everything is known about Leonardo.