500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

500 Years of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

Five hundred years after the death of the Florentine genius, Milan dedicates 2019 to Leonardo Da Vinci with a series of events and exhibitions. Thanks to the staff of Hotel Galles you can get advice and information on all the initiatives and book tickets to the main attractions in Milan.

Let’s discover together the appointments not to be missed in the year of Leonardo in Milan.

Leonardo Da Vinci in Milan: Events and Exhibitions

As many people know, the great Tuscan artist lived in Milan for almost eighteen years, from 1482 to 1499. At the court of Ludovico il Moro, Leonardo worked on many of his masterpieces, such as The Last Supper, The Virgin of the Rocks, The Lady with the Ermine and the Madonna Litta.

In the same time, he dedicated himself to impressive works of hydraulic engineering, such as the project of the Porte Vinciane in the Conca dell’Incoronata.

Today Milan celebrates one of its geniuses with a calendar of interesting projects all over the city.

La Cena di Leonardo per Francesco I at the Palazzo Reale

From 8 October to 17 November, Palazzo Reale in Milan will host the large tapestry made between 1505 and 1510 for the future King of France Francesco I. The tapestry, kept in the Vatican Museums and exhibited for the first time after restoration, is one of the first copies ever made of Leonardo’s Last Supper.

Leonardo Mai Visto at the Castello Sforzesco

“Leonardo mai visto” is an exhibition cycle dedicated to Da Vinci at the Castello Sforzesco. Until 12 January 2020 visitors can enjoy “Sotto l’ombra del Moro. La Sala delle Asse” and admire the beautiful room decorated by Leonardo.

“Intorno a Leonardo. Opere grafiche dalle collezioni milanesi” focuses instead on the graphic inventions of the Florentine genius, an event in collaboration with the Biblioteca Ambrosiana until 15 December 2019.

“Leonardo a Milano” in the Sala delle Armi is a multimedia journey to discover Milan as it should have looked in Da Vinci’s eyes. From here visitors can follow eight touristic routes that will allow them to physically retrace Leonardo’s steps.

Leonardo Da Vinci and his Legacy at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Until January 12nd, the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan presents the exhibition “Leonardo e il suo lascito”, curated by Benedetta Spadaccini. More than thirty drawings by Leonardo and the artists in his circle will be on display.

Leonardo da Vinci Parade

There is still some time left to visit “Leonardo da Vinci Parade”, the spectacular exhibition at the Museum of Science and Technology in Milan. Until October 27th it will be possible to admire some models made in the fifties from Leonardo’s drawings, as well as frescoes by Italian painters from the Pinacoteca di Brera.

Intorno a Leonardo. The Madonna Litta at the Museo Poldi Pezzoli

One of Leonardo’s most appreciated masterpieces, the Madonna Litta, returns to Milan from the Hermitage. The work belonged to the Dukes Litta’s collection until 1865, when it was purchased by the Museum of St. Petersburg.

In addition to the Madonna, the Museo Poldi Pezzoli will exhibit other paintings and drawings by Leonardo, as well as the Madonna Della Rosa by Giovanni Antonio Boltraffio, Leonardo’s best pupil in Milan.

Leonardo Horse Project at the Ippodromo Snai

When Leonardo meets design, the Leonardo Horse Project is born. The creative concept is inspired by Da Vinci’s preparatory sketches for the wall painting (never done) of the Battle of Anghiari. Thirteen designers have reinterpreted the iconic horse in a diffused art project.

After the grand opening on 10 April 2019 at the Ippodromo Snai San Siro, Leonardo Horse Project has expanded to different spaces in the city, with a multimedia exhibition and an augmented reality app.


Finally, what better way to celebrate Leonardo than to see The Last Supper in person? This immortal painting is preserved in the Sanctuary of Santa Maria Delle Grazie in Milan.

Hotel Galles can book you a guided tour to experience the timeless charm of The Last Supper. Are you ready to let yourself be inspired by Da Vinci’s genius?