October 5, 2019 was a day with a particular flavor for Vinci and its citizens. The Mayor Giuseppe Torchia, in fact, cut the ribbon for the inauguration of the square dedicated to Prof. Carlo Pedretti (1928-2018), one of the greatest experts of Leonardo, very fond of the city that gave birth to the Renaissance Genius.
The new Piazza Pedretti – which can be reached from Via Roma, in the historic city center – has been made thanks to the Leo-Lev Center financing and has been designed by Architect Oreste Ruggiero.
“We add another permanent sign in this city – said Torchia during the inauguration – If I think about how this project was born, I get nostalgic: I remember a few years ago Pedretti’s visit, who was happy as a child; he was with architect Ruggiero and they both proposed this important redevelopment project. It is right and proper, therefore, to dedicate this place to him who has always been closely linked to Vinci ”.
Together with the square, the day of October 5 saw the inaugural opening of the exhibition “If it was Angel by Leonardo …”, on display in the Leo-Lev Center, centered on the sculpture of the Announcing Angel, kept in the Pieve di San Gennaro and restored by the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence.
“A special thanks to the Leo-Lev Center for having set up this exhibition and for having brought this precious sculpture to Vinci – Mayor Torchia concluded – In the year of the celebrations for the fifth centenary of Leonardo’s death, thanks also to the contribution of private individuals , we further enlarge the museum spaces of the city. Another important milestone in this special Leonardian year ”.
In addition to the mayor of Vinci, Oreste Ruggiero, Ilaria Boncompagni, Laura Speranza, Don Cyprien Mwiseneza (parish priest of San Gennaro) and other authorities attended the inauguration. The event was accompanied by the Filarmonica Gaetano Luporini of San Gennaro.