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On the trail of Leonardo

Leonardo 500 is the programme of events and exhibitions to mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death on 2 May 1519 in Amboise, France. Organised by the Milan City Hall, the Region of Lombardy and the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, it runs between May 2019 and January 2020.

Start at the Castello Sforzesco

IN THE SHADOW OF THE MORO, THE SALA DELLE ASSE

(16 May 2019 – 12 January 2020) The Sala delle Asse, literally ‘The Room of the Tower’ or ‘of the wooden boards’, was Ludovico’s principal reception hall, re-decorated in the summer of 1498 with Beatrice’s encouragement. The hall was reopened for the 500th anniversary on 2 May 2019 and the multimedia installation focuses on the recently restored Monochrome painting that decorates the walls. The vault shows a pergola of mulberries, (Morus in Latin), in honour of the duke known as The Moor, with houses and hills on the horizon. Thus the internal world of the court is placed alongside the wider territory of the duke’s lands.

Sala delle Asse, Castello Sforzesco, Monochrome after the 2015 restoration
Image by Mauro Ranzani © Comune di Milano
Vault of the Sala delle Asse before restoration, 2012
Image © Haltadefinizione
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Our September issue is all about getting active and making the most of what the outdoors has to offer as we move into autumn – so let’s begin in the Dolomites: famous as a top ski destination, but equally stunning without snow, when it becomes a green and pleasant land with plenty to do for the whole family.