This year promises to be rich and productive for the world’s art scene. In 2019, the art world will widely celebrate the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, and the 350th anniversary of Rembrandt’s, while the celebration of Tintoretto’s artworks will move from Venice to the United States. Meanwhile, the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus marches around the world, and London’s art connoisseurs are analyzing what do Michelangelo, and Bill Viola have in common.
Leonardo da Vinci exhibition is going to be held at the Louvre Museum.
Exhibition dates: 10.24.2019 – 2.24.2020.
When it comes to Leonardo da Vinci, high attendance can be expected even without milestones. However, 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of the main master of the Renaissance, and the preparations for this big date began in advance. At the end of last year, the exposition of 30 drawings at the Teylers Museum in Haarlem (Netherlands) and a major exhibition at the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, dedicated to the Codex Leicester (1504-1508) – a collection of scientific notes about space, water, air and light, which Leonardo collected in Florence – were opened. The Codex Leicester Leonardo da Vinci exhibition includes both the 72-page work itself, owned by the philanthropist and the founder of Microsoft Bill Gates, who bought it in 1994 for 30.8 million dollars, and many sketches made by the Italian master during the creation of this work.
Thanks to the English King Charles II, there is more than 500 drawings of Leonardo da Vinci in the collection of British monarchs, which they will generously share with visitors to several art exhibitions. In May, 200 artworks will be presented in Buckingham Palace, while the Palace of Holyroodhouse will show 80 of the master’s works in November. Another 144 drawings from the private collection of Elizabeth II will go to 12 Leonardo da Vinci exhibitions in different cities of the United Kingdom.
Meanwhile, the Louvre is preparing, according to its president Jean-Luc Martinez, “an unprecedented” exhibition, which “at the same time will present the largest in the history the number of artworks by Leonardo da Vinci,” including “La Belle Ferronnière” (1490) and other great paintings from the collection of the famous Parisian Museum. Concurrently, the director of the State Hermitage Museum Mikhail Piotrovsky mentioned that the St. Petersburg’s museum is in talks with the Louvre about the possibility of showing some of Leonardo’s masterpieces in the northern capital of Russia.
The Condé Museum located near Paris in the Castle of Chantilly explores for authorship one of the most high-value art pieces of its collection – “Mona Vanna,” which may belong to the hand of the legendary master. The drawing will be shown at a special Leonardo da Vinci exhibition titled “Nude Mona Lisa,” from June 1 to October 6.