Madonna and Child with Saints, painted by Bernardo Zenale, about 1510.

Symposium Explores the Workshop of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan

On Friday, 11 May 2018, the Denver Art Museum's department of painting and sculpture is pleased to present a daylong symposium on the workshop of Leonardo in Milan and the impact of the Florentine master on the artists active in Lombardy at the time.

With five Lombard Renaissance works in our collection, the DAM is committed to explore this exciting and lesser-known school of painting, and this symposium will give us the opportunity to take stock of the current scholarly perspectives on Leonardo’s work in Milan, at the time one of the most populated cities in Europe.

Leading scholars in the field of Leonardo’s studies will explore the artistic dynamics around the practice of the master da Vinci and his influence on the pictorial production in the second half of the fifteenth and the beginning of the sixteenth centuries.

Bernardo Zenale, Madonna and Child with Saints, about 1510. Oil paint and tempera paint on panel; 71 x 48 1/2 in. Denver Art Museum: Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961.173

When the Tuscan master arrived in Milan in 1482, he found a rich tradition, where the Lombard, and North Italian in general, sensitivity toward naturalistic details had survived the gradual transition from the courtly Late Gothic style to the new expressions influenced by Renaissance ideas and principles.

Leonardo, an artist fascinated by nature and its mechanisms, found therefore a fertile ground for his artistic and technical explorations, allowing assistants and more established artists to attend his studio and help in the commissions he received. His workshop and its dynamics, more complex than a mere master/pupil relationship, are therefore a fascinating topic which revolves around the master’s creative process and to this day offers more questions than answers.

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Angelica Daneo is the curator of painting and sculpture at the Denver Art Museum. Angelica has been at the DAM since 2004.