Leonardo e Michelangelo. Capolavori della grafica e studi romani
For the first time, an exhibition of sixty-six drawings that aims to provide a detailed comparison between two great masters of the Italian Renaissance.
For the first time, an exhibition of sixty-six drawings from the collection of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan (Leonardo) and from the Casa Buonarroti Foundation in Florence (Michelangelo) that aims to provide a detailed comparison between two great masters of the Italian Renaissance.
This is an event of high scientific interest, which started last spring with the major exhibition “ La scuola del mondo” (The School of the World) of twenty drawings by Leonardo and Michelangelo at Casa Buonarroti. The title of the Florentine exhibition referred to the frescoes depicting the Battle of Anghiari and the Battle of Cascina, which were commissioned to the two artists for the Hall of Great Council (now Salone dei Cinquecento) in Palazzo Vecchio in Florence.The two works were not completed, but preliminary studies were much appreciated and admired, so that Benvenuto Cellini defined them: “the school of the world.”
The exhibition in Rome presents graphic masterpieces from both collections and sheds a light on the life, work and passions of two masters such as Michelangelo and practice site for the optics to Leonardo. Opening section of the exhibition is “Capolavori tra Capolavori”, a mirror presentation of the works by two artists who are often considered “rivals”, actually each of the two artists tried to learn from the other and admired the other’s work.
Nine masterpieces by Leonardo document his mechanical inventions, as well as his interest for military art and architecture, hydraulics, geometry, flight mechanics, providing an over-arching overview of his researches. These will be counterbalanced by nine popular drawings from the Casa Buonarroti collection, such as “ Sudy for a Nude” for the Battle of Cascina, the enigmatic Cleopatra, the Head of Leda (perhaps one of the most interesting face in Michelangelo’s drawings). “ Appunti su Roma e studi romani di Leonardo” (Notes on Rome and Roman studies ) is a section dedicated to various aspects during Leonardo’s stay in Rome, with the following sub-sections: the love for the “Old” and the “Architecture”, his interest in “ Mirrors, Optics and Geometry”, a particular attention to “ Figure Drawing”. The work of Michelangelo is explored through the sub-sections “ Michelangelo: Utopia and practice”, “ Michelangelo anatomist” and “ Michelangelo, the Sistine Chapel and the Pauline Chapel.”
The two “ A seguito del genio” (After the genius) sections are decicated to works of art by followers or by artists who trained on their workshops.
Tuesday-Sunday: 9.00 am - 8.00 pm;
December 24 and 31, 2011: 9.00 am - 2.00 pm;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time;
Closed: Monday, December 25 and January 1.
"Exhibition + Museum" Combined Ticket :
Adults: € 12,00;
Concessions: € 10,00;
Special "Ridottissimo" price: € 2,00;
Free of charge: school groups, disabled visitors, children under 6 years of age;
Adults: € 6,00;
Concessions: € 5,00;
Free of charge to the visitors provided for by the current legislation;
According to the Municipal by-law n. 32 of 26/03/2009 and due to the exceptionality of the exhibition “Leonardo e Michelangelo. Capolavori della grafica e studi romani” no free entry to visitors who usually are entitled to gratuity is available. However, they are entitled to a reduced € 2.00 ticket. Free admission is granted only to: children under 6 years of age, elementary and intermediate school groups, disabled people and a carer and Roma Pass and Roma&Più Pass card holders if used to claim one of the first two free admissions.
- Groups (max 30 visitors): guided tours are available either for the museum and/or exhibition. A booking service is available for groups (max 30 visitors) for an additional booking fee of € 25,00;
- Schools (max 30 pupils/students): guided tours are available; bookings are required for the admission.
Booking for individual visitors is available only when purchasing online tickets. If you book in advance you can skip the line by going directly to the ticket window.
Phone booking: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am – 9.00 pm).
Online tickets: www.omniticket.it. Additional booking fee: € 1,00.
Info: tel. +39 060608 (daily from 9.00 am to 9.00 pm)
Under the High Patronage of the Italian President
Roma Capitale - Assessorato alle Politiche Culturali e Centro Storico - Sovraintendenza ai Beni Culturali - Commissione Cultura, Ministero per i Beni e le Attività Culturali, Regione Lazio and Provincia di Roma
Fondazione Casa Buonarroti di Firenze, Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Fondazione Cardinale Federico Borromeo
Associazione Culturale Metamorfosi and Zètema Progetto Cultura