The beautiful and the ugly according to Leonardo da Vinci

The beautiful and the ugly according to Leonardo da Vinci

Until next April 5, at the Muscarelle Art Museum, at the College of William & Mary, in the North American state of Virginia, you can visit a formidable exhibition dedicated to the fascination that Leonardo da Vinci had for the beautiful and the ugly, being the first exhibition of its kind dedicated to the philosophy in this field of the Italian genius.

Over 30 of his original drawings are displayed, on loan from the Uffizi Museum in Florence and the Royal Library in Turin. But to make it even more impressive, the exhibition also features eight original works of what was considered one of Leonardo da Vinci's greatest rivals, Michelangelo Buonarroti, where the Casa Buonarroti in Florence has also donated several works adding to this very special initiative.

This exhibition offers many surprises like da Vinci's own self-portrait at age 53, a work exhibited for the first time in this museum, but it is not a canon of beauty but, although this work has a great value, the weight of the exhibition lies in the rest of the works that are exhibited in this important exhibition.

As stated by Aaron De Froft, director and CEO of this museum, “It is a truly unique opportunity that no one should miss because there is no other museum in the world where you can see thirty drawings by Leonardo da Vinci and even be able to compare them with the drawings of another heavyweight of great importance such as Miguel Ángel being a delight for the senses”.

Beauty was not something that only concerned Leonardo da Vinci during the Renaissance, although it was truly obsessed with beauty and ugliness within the visual world. Despite this, da Vinci could find the most hidden beauty in the ugliest of faces he could meet, quite the opposite of Michelangelo, who was a complete idealist.

Da Vinci wrote countless manuscripts as well as more than 500 sketches on nature, flying machines or the flight of birds and in this exhibition you can see, electronically, what is considered to be one of the most beautiful codices of the Italian genius, the Codex on the flight of birds, which will make this exhibition even more special for everyone, given the high quality of this codex.

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