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For the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci
, Montepulciano organize the exhibition "Leonardo in Valdichiana", promoted by Fondazione Cantiere Internazionale d'Arte, based on a project by Opera - Civita and Museo Galileo - Firenze.

From 25th of May to 8th of September 2019, this show offers exciting insight into the theories, ideas, and creations of the Da Vinci in the Fortress of Montepulciano (Siena). Focused on the map of Valdichiana, the exhibition showcases projected recreations of his most intricate designs and miniature models.

Leonardo's map of Valdichiana is one of his most sophisticated cartographic works. Drafted beetwen 1502-1503 while he was in service to Cesare Borgia as General Architect and Engineer, the map shows a popoulous territory, rich in cities and castles but especially in water. The numerous place names allow us to identify 254 geographical locations distributed beetwen Florence, Arezzo, Lake Trasimeno, Val d'Orcia and all above Val di Chiana. The principal object, however, is the enormous marsh that had been considered a source of pestilential air since the Middle Age. Beyond its over political-military purpose, the map seems desgined to illustrate a land reclamation project that would transform Valdichiana into a hydrological basin to provide water for a navigable channel conceived by Leonardo to connect Florence to the sea.

25th of May > 8th of September

Every day, h. 10.30 a.p. to 6.30 p.m. (last entry6.00 p.m.)

Biglietto d’ingresso euro 5,00

Info: T. +39 0577/286300

Sito web www.leonardomontepulciano.it