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‘Leonardo da Vinci: Biblioteca Pinacoteca Ambrosiana’

TOKYO METROPOLITAN ART MUSEUM

by Florian Turgeon

Staff Writer

Leonardo da Vinci is probably best-known for his “Mona Lisa,” but as a painter, artist and engineer, he was also one of the most prominent personalities of the Italian Renaissance.

This exhibition brings to Japan various artworks and letters from the Biblioteca e Pinacoteca Ambrosiana of Milan, Italy, and includes 22 leaves from Leonardo’s famous “Codex Atlanticus,” which features sketches of unusual inventions such as flying machines and weaponry. Much in the codex shows that Leonardo’s ideas were often far ahead of his time. Also on display are a number of works by the master’s pupils and successors; till June 30.

Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum; (03) 5777-8600; 8-36 Ueno Koen, Taito-ku, Tokyo; Ueno Station, JR Yamanote Line. 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m., (Fri. till 8 p.m.) ¥1,500. Closed Mon. (except April 29, May 6), May 7.