Must-See Exhibit in Milan: Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo

If you’re planning to visit Milan this summer, don’t miss an exhibit that just sold 40,000 tickets in its first 40 days – Leonardo3 – The World of Leonardo. This interactive exhibit focuses on in interpreting 5,000 pages of Leonardo DaVinci’s notebooks and runs through July 31 in the Sale del Re in Piazza della Scala (across from the Galleria).

This show presents the results of research carried out over the last ten years by Mario Taddei and Edoardo Zanon. Its purpose is to highlight Leonardo’s work not just as “artist” but also as “engineer” and help us understand what he wrote, what he designed, the studies he made for his machines and how he worked. 

The research is presented as more than 200 interactive 3D machines are on display, in addition to physical reproductions of Leonardo’s machines, many of which he never even built and are seen here for the first time ever.

For the first time, there’s a complete edition of the Codex Atlanticus with more than 1100 folios that visitors can consult digitally. Leonardo in Milan guides the viewer through the firsthand experiences of building the Flying Machine of Milan, constructing the highest tower in the world planned for Sforza Castle and painting the Last Supper. Another station is devoted to the Giant Horse, also known as the Monument to Francesco Sforza, revealing what the monument could have looked like if DaVinci had ever completed it.

The exhibit is open daily from 10 a.m. to 11 p.m. and tickets are 12€ for adults.