Omar Galliani's tribute to Leonardo in Bari's Castello Svevo

Omar Galliani pays tribute to Leonardo da Vinci in Bari's Castello Svevo with the exhibition Leonardesca. June 15 through September 9, 2019.

In the rooms of Bari’s Castello Svevo, Omar Galliani pays homage to Leonardo da Vinci on the 500th anniversary of the master’s death with the exhibition Leonardesca.

The exhibition will take place in the Frederick II Hall, the Norman Hall and the Bona Sforza Hall and will include about twenty-five works, including large plates and works on paper. In a long corridor will be placed the most impressive panel ever made in graphite, entitled Grande Disegno Italiano, presented in 2005 at the State Archives of Turin together with an original drawing by Leonardo Da Vinci. Some faces will reconstruct theidentikit of Bona Sforza probed in different postures of the face and the nape of the neck. Finally, a reconnaissance through a selection of the master’s early works, made from details of faces or drawings from well-known Leonardo notebooks, will be proposed.

In the Sala Normanna, on the other hand, a number of fine sartorial garments, signed by Omar Galliani and made by the Milanese fashion house Via Della Spiga Milano on soft and elegant fabrics, between art and tailoring, will be presented.

“The exhibition moves from a face, imaginary likenesses and a few historical notes that take us from Milan to Bari, to the Castello Svevo. It is the youthful face of Bona Sforza, handed down through Leonardo’s ideals, to which several possible features have been superimposed over time, then transited in as many well-known works of the genius of Vinci. Looking for a face in the multitude could be the activity of a detective or a difficult identikit, in my case, however, the search is purely ideal and emphatic. The works I will exhibit in Bari belong to different periods of my work and have in common a face, the female face,” said Omar Galliani himself.

Leonardesca intends to pay homage to the great genius of the Renaissance: from Leonardo da Vinci, Omar Galliani has always drawn inspiration for his drawing style and hyper-naturalisticuse of sfumato.

The exhibition is promoted by the Directorate of the Polo Museale della Puglia and the Vincenzo Maria Valente Music Foundation in partnership with Exprivia/Italtel, Via Della Spiga Milano, Indeco spa and Nova Apulia, with the support of Accademia di Belle Arti di Brera, Fondazione Puglia, Giuseppe Saverio Poli, Banca Popolare di Puglia e Basilicata, University of Bari, and the Southern Adriatic Sea Port System Authority.

The exhibition will be open to the public from June 15 to September 9, 2019.

Hours: Wednesday through Monday from 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. Closed on Tuesdays.

Image: Omar Galliani, Leonardesca #3 (2019; pencil on board and pastel, 50 x 50 cm)

Omar Galliani's tribute to Leonardo in Bari's Castello Svevo
Omar Galliani's tribute to Leonardo in Bari's Castello Svevo

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