A presentation of WeAreLeonardo [SiamoTuttiLeonardo], a project by Italian mixed-media artist Vittoria Chierici focused on visually portraying Leonardo Da Vinci as a young man, on the occasion of the 500th anniversary of his death.
Chierici will take the audience on a journey by virtually leaping into her photojournalistic suitcase, the final work that contains the full development of her research. A time-lapse film will accompany the presentation.
The event will feature a talk by Prof. Dennis Geronimus, Chair of the NYU Department of Art History, titled In Leonardo's Own Words (and Images): A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man.
The purpose of SiamoTuttiLeonardo is to place the figure of Leonardo in a current setting, one of a young man, a free spirit with a life view based on observation that - through art - becomes science and poetry at the same time. To obtain this, Chierici turned to the well known portrait of Leonardo as an old man - attributed to his pupil Francesco Melzi - from the Royal Collection in London, taking into account the many possible appearances of a young Leonardo as model to works by his colleagues and teachers.