Ambrosiana

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND GUIDO DA VIGEVANO
ANATOMY IN FIGURES

The exhibition compares the method of graphical representation of two geniuses of the past, through the reproduction of the masterpiece by Guido da Vigevano Anathomia designata per figuras (1345) and Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary anatomical visualization by means of a selection from his numerous anatomical drawings.

Five sculptures were drawn with the traditional wax technique from Leonardo’s anatomical drawings. The exhibition is completed by the wooden model of Guido’s wind-propelled cart, designed as a war machine but which can also be considered the first auto-mobile in history.

The exhibition, curated by Paola Salvi, made possible by the city of Vigevano (owner of the exhibition itself), with the patronage of the Lombardy Region, the Academy of Fine Arts of Brera in Milan, the University of Pavia, supported by the National Committee for the celebrations 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death and organized with the OverArt Association, closes the program of exhibitions proposed by the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana to enhance its heritage of Leonardo’s works, among the most important in the world.
It presents the reproduction of the 18 figures (in 16 plates) of the Anothomia treatise designated for figuras (1345) by Guido da Vigevano, alongside a series of reproductions of anatomical drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, made between 1480 and 1517 approximately. From some of these drawings, which belong to Leonardo’s vast anatomical repertoire, preserved in the collections of Queen Elizabeth II of England in Windsor Castle, five sculptures have been obtained, conceived by Paola Salvi and made by Moreno Vezzoli, with the traditional technique of waxwork.

“We wanted to focus on artistic beauty – says Paola Salvi – since Leonardo practiced the dissection to know the inside of the human body, presumably with the assistance of a “surgeon”, as was customary at the time, but with the intent to overcome it by bringing the knowledge acquired back to the life of the body in action”.
“His drawings – continues Paola Salvi – follow the anatomical fidelity of the living body, exceed in graphic refinement every “macabre” aspect and testify not only to the reality of the anatomical representation, but also the theories of his time, the same theories that Leonardo visualizes where experience does not allow him to verify and possibly refuse them”.
The exhibition itinerary is enhanced, thanks to the collaboration with Carlo E. Rottenbacher, professor of the Department of Industrial Engineering and Information Researcher at the Department of Structural Mechanics of the University of Pavia, with the reconstruction in scale of Guido da Vigevano’s “wind-propelled cart”, a wooden model deriving from the drawing reatured in the Texaurus Regis Francie (1335), a manuscript which presents remarkable mechanical and visualization solutions for its time.

<p>On the: Guido da Vigevano, Drawinng of the wind-propelled cart from <em>Texaurus regis Francie acquisitionis terre sancte de ultramare, nec non sanitas corporis eius et vita ipsius prolungationis ac etiam cum custodia propter venenum</em>, c. 1375, Yale nel Center for British Arts; on the right: the model of the wind-propelled cart by Guido da Vigevano designed by Carlo Rottenbacher.</p>

On the: Guido da Vigevano, Drawinng of the wind-propelled cart from Texaurus regis Francie acquisitionis terre sancte de ultramare, nec non sanitas corporis eius et vita ipsius prolungationis ac etiam cum custodia propter venenum, c. 1375, Yale nel Center for British Arts; on the right: the model of the wind-propelled cart by Guido da Vigevano designed by Carlo Rottenbacher.

The analogy between Guido and Leonardo da Vinci, often proposed on the grounds of similar “genius”, has a deeper and greater substantial motivation than being merely the admiration for men capable of mastering dissimilar branches of knowledge and practices, for example anatomy and engineering, disciplines which our own culture, essentially and necessarily specialist, considers as being widely different.
The exhibition continues ideally in the Sala Federiciana of the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana where the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy is on show until March 1: the artists and techniques, curated by Benedetta Spadaccini, which presents some original Leonardo drawings of the Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, including anatomical studies of legs and the famous presentation letter to Ludovico il Moro, that are linked to the anatomy and the design of war machines.

<p>Ceroplastica, busto con braccio alzato; ideazione Paola Salvi, realizzazione Moreno Vezzoli</p>

Ceroplastica, busto con braccio alzato; ideazione Paola Salvi, realizzazione Moreno Vezzoli

WHAT’S ON

BIBLIOTECA, PINACOTECA AND CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Ambrosiana

BIBLIOTECA, PINACOTECA AND CRYPT OF SAN SEPOLCRO CLOSED TO THE PUBLIC

Ambrosiana and Crypt of San Sepolcro closed from tomorrow and until new measures of the Authority

23/02/2020
NEWS
LEONARDO DA VINCI AND GUIDO DA VIGEVANO<br>ANATOMY IN FIGURES

San Sepolcro

LEONARDO DA VINCI AND GUIDO DA VIGEVANO
ANATOMY IN FIGURES

The exhibition compares graphical representation methods of two geniuses of the past, through the reproduction of the masterpiece by Guido da Vigevano Anathomia designata per figuras (1345) and Leonardo da Vinci’s revolutionary anatomical visualization by means of a selection from his numerous anatomical drawings.

07/02/2020-29/03/2020
Exhibition
CRIPTA SAN SEPOLCRO: NEW PRICES AND OPENING HOURS

San Sepolcro

CRIPTA SAN SEPOLCRO: NEW PRICES AND OPENING HOURS

From January 31, the Crypt of San Sepolcro reopens to the public with new opening hours and special prices

24/01/2020
NEWS
Intorno a un codice 2020

Biblioteca

Intorno a un codice 2020

For Spring 2020 the Class of Latin and Greek studies organizes a cycle of three conferences entitled Intorno a un Codice. In each lecture, a scholar will present a particularly valuable Ambrosian codex, illustrating its features.

19/02/2020-18/03/2020

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
llias picta, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
The Kiss, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)