On the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci, Fondazione Augusto Rancilio, with the collaboration of exceptional partners, hosts two exhibitions dedicated to the Tuscan Genius and many events. Leonardo da Vinci and the Arconates have, in fact, a history in common that has lasted for over 400 years and hides within the walls of a seventeenth-century Villa just outside Milan.
When Galeazzo Arconati, a seventeenth-century Milanese nobleman, decided to transform a country villa into one of the most refined noble residences in Lombardy, the decision to associate the name of the great Tuscan master with his name was extremely desired. Galeazzo was, in fact, one of the greatest collectors of Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts of his time. His own preparatory drawings and preparatory cartons of pictorial works like that of Saint Anne, now in London, ten collections of manuscripts and, above all, the Codex Atlanticus, a summary of all the studies of the Tuscan master acquired by the heirs of Pompeo Leoni.
The name, Atlantic, derives from the size of the album used by Leoni to collect the Vincian sheets (64.5 X 43.5 cm), similar to those of an atlas. The Count donated the Code to the Ambrosian Library in 1637 with only two clauses: that his descendants could always have access to study it in private and that he would not be removed from Milan. After the Napoleonic plundering, the Codex Atlanticus - together with Leonardo's other manuscripts donated by Arconati to the Ambrosiana - was brought to Paris and was later the only one returned to Italy. It is also thanks to Galeazzo Arconati, therefore, that even today this precious code is kept in the Ambrosian Library in Milan.
With Leonardo A Villa Arconati-FAR. The Atlantic Codex and the encounter with the culture of our time
2nd exhibition cycle - THE FLIGHT. The exhibition, after more than 400 years, reports the Atlantic Codex of Leonardo da Vinci in Villa Arconati-FAR and, together, offers visitors a journey into curiosity and imagination. The Code, in fact, returns to the villa thanks to the original of the first complete reproduction curated by the Accademia dei Lincei between 1894 and 1904 and made available by Anthelios. An exceptional exhibition that will allow visitors to admire the entire Code during the 2019 and 2020 season.
An occasion to expose the tables of the Tuscan genius but above all to tell how his work is still current. The curiosity that drove Leonardo to the innovation of the technical knowledge of his time is the same that inspires scholars and scientists in their work today. The exhibition will be an opportunity to meet the present and think about the future. In addition to the work of Leonardo it will be possible, in fact, to see works of technology and participate in appointments with representatives of the world of culture and science.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Anthelios Edizioni. The meetings are organized in collaboration with Anthelios Edizioni, Comune di Bollate - Department of Culture and Peace, Associazione Vivere Castellazzo.
The exhibition can be visited in coincidence with the public openings of the Villa, with a surcharge of € 3 on the entrance ticket to the Villa.
A like Leonardo. Fluorescent experience
A story in images that develops in environments never opened before. A path that focuses on the visitor, bringing together Leonardo and the uniqueness of Villa Arconati. Three dark rooms, lit only by Wood's lamps and accessible thanks to a new fluorescent toner printing technology. Ancient images and present objects acquire new meaning thanks to an emotional vision stimulated by unconventional colors and holographic effects through dedicated glasses. The visitor will be catapulted into a unique and immersive experience.
The goal is to discover the story no longer through the reality of the facts, but thanks to personal perception, each on its own. A way of visiting that has been experimented for the first time in Italy that favors the involvement of many types of public, accepting the different needs of visiting.
The exhibition is organized in collaboration with Alveare Coop. Sociale Onlus - Bollate, which has been operating since 2001, creating job opportunities for disadvantaged people; Beehive's goal is to create a laboratory for fluorescent printing in which fragile and disadvantaged people can work, creating articles mainly intended for rehabilitation therapy (cognitive impairment, Alzheimer's, low vision, etc.). Technical partners of the exhibition are: M.C.System srl, Umbra company specialized in the re-engineering of conventional printers for the use of special and fluorescent toners and CBC (Europe) Srl, a company of the Japanese CBC Co. group and developer of fluorescent toners.
The exhibition can be visited in coincidence with the public openings of the Villa starting from May 5th 2019, included in the entrance ticket to the Villa.
Theatrical Performance Nobili e Servi
A fun comedy in Milanese dialect and Italian language that tells the story of the construction of the Castellazzo degli Arconati from the living words of those who were protagonists of the genesis of this place: the count Galeazzo Arconati. Galeazzo Arconati was the one who started the project to transform the medieval building into a "delight villa". To him we owe the arrival in the villa of the imposing statue of Pompeo Magno, which for centuries arouses the admiration of those who are able to see it live.
The Count Arconati was also the owner of the Atlantic Code by Leonhardo Da Vinci and it was he who donated this unique text to the Ambrosian Library in Milan in 1637.
Galeazzo Arconati had an illegitimate son ... Father Luigi Maria Arconati, Dominican friar. What role did the son of Galeazzo play in donating the Code? Nobility and servitude are the two faces of a story that tells of Castellazzo and its beauty that smells of eternity.
Next performance on Sunday 28 July 2019, 8.30 pm € 15.00
Possibility of themed aperitif from 19:30 € 10 (booking recommended at number 393.6638140)
Leonardo at Villa Arconati-FAR
The project is realized by: Augusto Rancilio Foundation, Municipality of Bollate, Anthelios Edizioni, Cooperativa Alveare
With the participation of: Consorzio SIR, Genera Società Cooperativa Sociale onlus, ACLI Zona Bollate Groane
In collaboration with: San Guglielmo Parish, Proloco Bollate, Vivere Castellazzo, CSBNO, Compagnia del Tempo Perso
Thanks to: AEM Foundation and CAP Group
With the patronage of: Città Metropolitana, Fondazione Comunitaria Nord Milano onlus