by Carolina Natoli
Florence and Italy, with other 11 countries from three continents, are getting ready to celebrate Leonardo da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of his death. Born in 1452 in Anchiano, a district of Vinci in the heart of Valdarno, it is difficult to find one word to define what the Florentine genius was, symbol of the Renaissance who started out at Verrocchio’s workshop: scientist and painter, inventor and sculptor, innovator and visionary. But, most of all, Tuscan. And it is precisely the Region of Tuscany who is promoting the “Celebrazioni Leonardiane” (Leonardian Celebrations), an agenda full of events which will take place all through 2019 with exhibitions, conventions, shows and events touching all the disciplines and languages Leonardo took on, animating the places where he played a prominent role between Vinci and Florence. Moreover, the same Region is endorsing a cooperation agreement with the Loire Valley Region (the area where Amboise is, Leonardo’s final dwelling where he died on 2ndMay 1519) where there will be events touching three specific sectors: culture, tourism and research. For tourism, in-depth information on itineraries will be elaborated, promotional tools, both on and off line, will be made for the promotion and spreading of the programmes of themed itineraries. Furthermore, two presentation/publicity events will be organized, one in Tuscany and one in France aimed at promoting the “Leonardian” itineraries with best practice exchanges. For culture, there will be a joint promotion of Leonardian celebrations both in Tuscany and in the Loire Valley at the same time, a cross-referenced and reciprocal promotion of museums and cultural locations involved as well as an integrated cultural offer. What is more, cultural and entertaining initiatives will be exchanged, especially favouring the circulation of artists and works; and also student-exchange schemes between young students. For research, there will be an interchange between research teams working on Leonardo da Vinci’s works, support for joint research activities carried out by Italian and French scholars. Support will also be given to initiatives aimed at collaborations and cooperation between schools, universities and secondary schools, particularly favouring the circulation of students and teachers. A complete programme will soon be available on www.regione.toscana.it.