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Mario Paolucci, Vitruvian Man | Courtesy of

Leonardo da Vinci Disembarks in Sorrento

  1. Category: Exhibitions
  2. Keywords: leonardo da vinci, exhibitions 2018, sorrento, domenico maria corrado, mario paolucci
  3. Author: Fabio Pariante - © 2018

The Convent of the Church of San Francesco d’Assisi in Sorrento hosts the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci – l’Orgoglio Italiano until 5 November 2018. A travelling art project, unique in its kind, which has visited Rome, Milan, Florence, Matera, Salerno, Sydney, Abu Dhabi and Wenzhou in China.

Leonardo da Vinci - L’orgoglio italiano, Entrance to the Exhibition in Sorrento | Courtesy of

Based on the original designs of Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), the works on display are faithful reproductions created by artisan Mario Paolucci, functional and full-sized. Visitors are encouraged to try, in first person, some of the machines on display and explore approximately 70 works through multimedia installations and films from the repertoire of National Geographic.

Among the most interesting reproductions, the flying machine, the hydraulic saw and the bicycle, while the jewel of the exhibition is, without a doubt, the Mattonella di Leonardo (the “Tile of Leonardo”) on display for the first time in Sorrento. Naturally, it is a reproduction, but it is highly significant because it is the first signed work by the Master of the Renaissance, created in 1471 at the age of 19. The original tile, 7.9 x 7.9  x 0.5", depicts the face of Archangel Gabriel and was realised with the technique of “eternal paint” (a painting technique defined by Leonardo himself in his own treatise) on which the signature is hidden on the jawbone of the work. The only other known signature was that of the contract signed by Leonardo for the creation of the Vergine delle Rocce in 1483.

Mario Paolucci, Repoduction of the Mattonella di Leonardo (the “Tile of Leonardo”) | Courtesy of

“With the exhibition dedicated to Leonardo da Vinci, we’re inaugurating a new exhibition space in the heart of Sorrento, and the first of a long series of events, already on the calendar for the years to come. The mission of the museum is to create events that help promote the location that hosts them,” says Domenico Maria Corrado, curator of the exhibition and founder of Tappeto Volante, cultural organisation which has worked twenty years both nationally and internationally.

During his lifetime, Leonardo was a scientist, painter, inventor, architect, musician, sculptor and set designer. The exhibition offers an opportunity to explore the multifaceted Master from Florence, as well as visit the convent in Piazza Gargiulo in one of Sorrento’s oldest and most beautiful churches, which, thanks to remarkable renovations, is now on its way to becoming a point of reference for culture on the Sorrentine Peninsula. It is important to note, as well, that in 2019, there will be official celebrations throughout Europe to mark the 500th Anniversary of the artist’s death.

Il chiostro della Chiesa di San Francesco d'Assisi, Sorrento | Foto:  Mentnafunangann (Own work), via Wikimedia Creative Commons

The main objective of the museum is to promote Italian art throughout the world, particularly, striving to contribute to local culture with events, not only during the summer, but all year long, as Domenico Corrado points out, “After the exhibition dedicated to the genius of Leonardo, there will be the 'living nativity scene' - a life-size depiction of the nativity scene created in one-thousand square-metres of space in collaboration with the Accademia di Belle Arti of Naples, on display until the end of January 2019.

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