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Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, the faces of genius in the Alhajas palace

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Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

On the occasion of V Centenary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, he Palace of the Alhajas and the National Library welcome in Madrid a exposition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci.

You can visit it in Madrid until May 19, 2019, and in it you can learn in a very didactic way the life of the great master of the Italian Renaissance.

The Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, the faces of genius, is curated by Christian Galvez, which in addition to the host of the popular television program Pass word, is a scholar and expert in the Florentine artist, with several books published on it.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

In the National Library the sample is curated by Elisa Ruiz Professor of Paleography and important student of Leonardo da Vinci.

In this institution the lobby has been enabled to receive for the first time two jewels of incalculable value, The Madrid I and Madrid II Codex, manuscripts by Leonardo and that are part of our heritage.

In the beginning and for a limited time the originals will be exhibited, which will alternate to avoid deterioration, and then they will be replaced by almost perfect reproductions.

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Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in Palacio de las Alhajas

For his part in the Palace of the Alhajas The exhibition is scattered throughout the palace.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

Smain wing

Upon entering you will find a large cube in the center of the room, where you will see the possible faces of the teacher.

The violinist's music Ara Malikian Accompany this magnificent composition.

Surrounding it and looking towards the center, you will find the faces of the characters that accompanied Leonardo in life as Botticelli, Machiavelli or Miguel Angel.

Behind these and surrounding the room are the portraits that are part of the Leonardo's pictorial work.

In this exhibition we try not only to make an approach to genius, but to Leonardo man, with his lights and his failures, but with a free spirit that made him always do what he wanted, for which he paid a high price since he was not recognized in his time as other contemporaries were.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

Invention Gallery

In the gallery on the first floor you will take a tour ofcodices and manuscripts That have reached our days.

Here you will see the artist's notes, as well as physical and virtual reproductions of devices and machines created or designed by Leonardo for war, to sail or to fly.

Some of them, well ahead of their time, with an undeniable need to innovate and progress, a basic characteristic of their spirit as creator.

The human body, a mirror of the soul

In a passage of the exhibition you will see a Leonardo tremendously interested in accurately describing the human body, seeking to find the soul through the study of physiognomy.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

The anatomy both in its artistic and scientific aspect that ended up representing in The Vitrubian Man.

This is a passage about painting treatise, in which Leonardo reminds us that a good painter, in addition to painting man, must seek the intention of his soul.

His peak work, The Last Supper

The Last Supper It is the main work of Leonardo da Vinci, With La Gioconda. and this room is dedicated exclusively to her.

There you will see a projection in which with the preparatory drawings he made Leonardo for the realization of such an impressive work, sheets and special effects are superimposed, to end up seeing the result we know today.

The music has been selected by the British pianist James Rhodes.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

Face to Face, the faces of the artist

In the last room of the tour you will find the possible faces that have been attributed to the Florentine Leonardo di Ser Piero Vinci.

The only one of them that experts give maximum credibility is The Lucana Tavola which was discovered by the historian Nicola Barbatelli in 2009, and that would be dated between 1475 and 1515.

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The test of Carbon-14, a signature on the back of the canvas with the author's signature word Pinxit Mea, as well as a fingerprint found in the original pigments, which was compared to another found in one of his works, confirms almost one hundred percent authenticity.

You will also see engravings in different books, all trying to imagine the face of the genius, among which you have to look at the edition of Lives of Vasari de 1568.

On the other hand, in the central courtyard you can see some suspended Mockups of his inventions.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

In addition, there are interactive games, infographics, audiovisual elements and augmented virtual reality with which you can enjoy what you could imagine da Vinci In his genius.

In short, in the exhibition of the Palacio de las Alhajas you will discover the Leonardo da Vinci in its many facets, where finished and unfinished have as much value, and as it says Christian Galvez, all its facets are interesting humanizing the character, you decide which one you stay with.

It is important to note that what said commissioner Christian Galvez at the exhibition, its destination is the Spanish Federation of Rare Diseases.

Exhibition schedules of Leonardo da Vinci

The opening hours of the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at the Palacio de las Alhajas (St. Martin's Square 1) are, from Tuesday to Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.

The exhibition closes on Mondays and holidays December 25, January 1 and 6 and May 1, 2019.


Leonardo da Vinci exhibition in the Alhajas palace in Madrid

The Ticket prices for the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition they are, generally, 14.50 hours; from 9 to 17 years old, 8 euros; seniors +65, students, unemployed and teachers, 10 euros; people with disabilities, 50 percent discount; and children under 9 years, free.

For its part, here you can check the schedules of this exhibition in the National Library (Recoletos walk, 2-22), whose entry is free.

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