Milan's Leonardo celebrations to be presented in London, Paris, Berlin

Programme for 500th anniversary of death.

Milan’s ambitious, nine-month programme to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci, after the presentation in New York last November, is shortly to be presented in London, Paris and Berlin.

Preparations are almost complete for the festivities in the city where Leonardo spent a significant portion of his working life. No other city had the privilege of such a long and fruitful presence. During the two decades spent in his maturity in Milan, the eclectic genius offered his patron, Duke Ludovico il Moro, the cream of his creativity.

The presentations in London’s National Gallery on 18 January, in the Gare de Lyon in Paris on 12 February, and in the Italian Culture Institute in Berlin on 25 February will show all the traces Leonardo left in the city, from the navigation along the Navigli to the Last Supper, from the Ritratto di Musico to the decoration of the Sala delle Asse in the Sforza Castle, which will be reopened to the public after a long and painstaking restoration on 16 May, the day following the inauguration of the programme.

The finishing touches are being made to the programme of festivities, which will attract thousands of visitors to Milan from May until January 2020.