Mario Paolucci, Vitruvian Man | Courtesy of www.facebook.com/tappetovolante.org
Leonardo da Vinci Disembarks in Sorrento
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 www.facebook.com/tappetovolante.org
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 www.facebook.com/tappetovolante.org
“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.