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LEONARDO 500. “Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti. EF19

  • 14 Nov 2019
  • 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
  • A-Mill Artist Lofts, 315 SE Main St, Minneapolis, MN 55414
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“LEONARDO’S PARADISE: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti

Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, A-Mill Artists Lofts

Described by Giorgio Vasari as a “truly admirable painter, sculptor, art theorist, musician, writer, mechanical engineer, architect, master metal-worker, artillery expert, inventor, anatomist, scientist”, Leonardo da Vinci was also an unforgettable scenographer. On January 13th 1490, Leonardo was commissioned by the duke Ludovico Sforza to organize in Milan a majestic spectacle, called ‘Festa del Paradiso’, for the wedding of Gian Galeazzo Sforza with Isabella d’Aragona. In the ‘Sala Verde’ of the Ducal Palace, Leonardo elaborated a ‘Paradise’ with all the seven planets orbiting round and hosting the seven gods of Olympus, who came to earth to pay homage to the new duchess. Leonardo chose the mythological, astrological, and encomiastic subject for creating unprecedented mechanical scenery. This talk will explore models and heritage of Leonardo’s theatrical ingegno, which inaugurated a new genre of theatrical entertainment and engineering invention for the wonder of the Sforza’s court and its foreign illustrious guests.

Dr  Francesca Bortoletti is Assistant Professor at the University of Minnesota. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Bologna and Centre d'Études Supérieures de la Renaissance, Tours. In 2014 she was research fellow at the Italian Academy for Advanced Studied, Columbia University, and subsequently for an European research project at the University of Leeds, UK. Her research interests include theatre history, literature, and visual arts in early modern society as well digital humanities. As new faculty member in the History of Medicine Program at UMN, she is currently extending her interdisciplinary approach across the arts, sciences and the medical humanities. She has published three books: Egloga e spettacolo nel primo Rinascimento(Bulzoni 2008); L'attore del Parnaso (Mimesis 2012); and La performance della memoria/Performing Memory (Baskerville 2018) and articles in books chapter and in peer-reviewed international journals.


Registrations will open soon. Stay tuned!


This event is part of
 

LEONARDO 500


a series of events presented by
The Italian Cultural Center of Minneapolis / St. Paul,
celebrating Leonardo da Vinci
on the 500th anniversary of his death. 

In collaboration with

the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, University of Minnesota' s Department of Art History, Institute for Astrophysics, Program in History of Medicine and the Wangensteen Historical Library.

Curated by

Dr. Francesca Bortoletti
University of Minnesota


Also, a big Thank You to Global Minnesota
for supporting our events as part of their Year of Italy (2019-2020)


PROGRAM


“Leonardo da Vinci and his Unfinished Work”Carmen C. Bambach
Thursday, September 5, 2019
6:30 – 7:30 pm, Minneapolis Institute of Art
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“The end of the Dark Ages”, Claudia Scarlata
Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, The University of Minnesota | MN Institute for Astrophysics 
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LEONARDO DA VINCI AT 500
The Theater of the Human Body
One-week exhibit curated by Francesca Bortoletti in collaboration with Lois G. Hendrickson and Emily Beck
October 21-25, 2019
9:30 am – 4:00 pm, The Wangensteen Historical Library
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“Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s Painting Techniques”
Live demonstration with master painter Mark Balma
Thursday, October 24, 2019
 

6:30 – 8:30 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts
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“Leonardo’s Paradise: A Masterpiece of Theatre, Science, and Wonder at Sforza’s Court”, Francesca Bortoletti
Thursday, November 14, 2019
6:30 – 8:00 pm, A-Mill Artist Lofts
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Department of Art History
Institute for Astrophysics
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