Leonardo’s Legacy: Francesco Melzi and the Leonardeschi
The National Gallery, London 23 May – 23 June 2019
The rare loan of a painting by Leonardo da Vinci's favourite pupil, Francesco Melzi, is the centrepiece of a special display marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.
Leonardo’s Legacy: Francesco Melzi and the Leonardeschi celebrates the work of Leonardo’s followers, the Leonardeschi. At its heart is Melzi’s Flora, an exceptional loan from the State Hermitage Museum, St Petersburg, which has recently undergone restoration. The National Gallery does not own a painting by Melzi, so this display gives the opportunity to view a picture by this important artist alongside nine key works by other Leonardeschi. This is the first time Flora has been exhibited in the UK, and the first time it has been seen outside of Russia since its restoration by a team of conservators and scientists in the Hermitage.
The free display in Room 12 will run from 23 May to 23 June 2019
The painting was unveiled by Professor Piotrovsky, director of the Hermitage, and Gabriele Finaldi, director of the National Gallery.