• An unusual journey through the multi-faceted work of Leonardo and his students, from fingerprints to Leonardismi

The entrance to the Museum at the time of its opening in 1993

The entrance to the Museum at the time of its opening in 1993

The Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci began in a place rich in history, anticipated by conception and interpretation, research and rediscovery on the complexity of Leonardo as artist, scientist, inventor and designer, but also as a very human genius, not only in relation to the land from where he came, but also to his existence in modern art and in our time.

Conceived as a museum “machine” and a living work of art, it was founded on 2nd October 1993 by scholars and artists under the patronage of the Tuscany Region, Province and APT of Florence and the Municipality of Vinci, the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies of the University of California in Los Angeles and the auspices of the Vinciana Collection Authority. It was officially recognized as the Museum of Public Interest by the Tuscany Region in 1999.

This little museum has been described by Carlo Pedretti, the late honorary president, as “a beacon of the past and a window open to the future”; Paolo Galluzzi underlined “the refined concept of an ideal museum” and its “original function”.

The original layout and the fruit the labour of these years are now a starting point towards deeper exploration and new discoveries, starting from the ten-year research on fingerprints in Leonardo’s works, up to the new frontiers of Vinci’s DNA investigations.