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Art, History & Politics


Da Vinci as a Young Man

September 17, 2019
6:30 pm

A presentation of WeAreLeonardo [SiamoTuttiLeonardo], a project by Italian mixed-media artist Vittoria Chierici focused on visually portraying Leonardo Da Vinci as a young man, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death.

Chierici will take the audience on a journey by virtually leaping into her photojournalistic suitcase, the final work that contains the full development of her research. A time-lapse film will accompany the presentation.

The event will feature a talk by Prof. Dennis Geronimus, Chair of the NYU Department of Art History, titled In Leonardo’s Own Words (and Images): A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.

Chierici’s works will be introduced by writer Filippo Fossati, of Esso Gallery.

The purpose of SiamoTuttiLeonardo is to place the figure of Leonardo in a current setting, one of a young man, a free spirit with a life view based on observation that – through art – becomes science and poetry at the same time. To obtain this, Chierici turned to the well known portrait of Leonardo as an old man – attributed to his pupil Francesco Melzi – from the Royal Collection in London, taking into account the many possible appearances of a young Leonardo as model to works by his colleagues and teachers.