From 1 May 2021 | to 31 August 2021

Room VII

The beautiful fireplace’s room – which the Professor Carlo Pedretti loved so much – hosts a collection of clips, movies and video to tell about the Leo-Lev Exhibition Center and its art shows. 

Leo-Lev Center has reserved this space, marked by fireplace in Renaissance’s style, to present to visitors – through video – urbanistic, architectural and artistic recovery of building former Villa Bellio-Baronti-Pezzatini, headquarters of Leo-Lev Exhibition Center. Once crumbling building and in a state of neglect, Villa Bellio-Baronti-Pezzatini has been completely redeveloped, thanks to the project by Oreste Ruggiero Architect. The environments have remained intact with their original decorations and the characteristics of the property has been recover with respect for the original structure. The building has an important history, highly relevant for the Vinci town planning system.

The second movie showed in VII Room is “2019|2020. One year at Leo-Lev Exhibition Center”.

The initiatives, interviews, conferences, exhibitions’s press review, tourist groups and guests, the closing for health emergency, the International Museum Day 2020 with Mikhail Piotrovsky (General Director of Hermitage Museum of St. Petersburg) and then, finally the reopening, the joy of receive new visitors and new art shows. The video is a synthesis about the activities that have made and continue making lively the Leo-Lev Exhibition Center.

The third video is a multimedia support for Aurelio Amendola & Oreste Ruggiero, Towns & Knots of Leonardo’s exhibition. It traces the artistic career of Aurelio Amendola, internationally know for his photographic work. The beginning of his art career, the portraits dedicated to the great masters of 20th Century including Giorgio De Chirico, Alberto Burri, Marino Marini, Andy Warhol, Roy Lichtenstein and many others. From the portraits of the artists we pass into Aurelio Amendola’s work dedicated to eternalize the sculpture. Over the years, there are many ancient statues on which the Pistoian photographer turned his gaze and focused his attention, among them the masterpieces by Donatello, Michelangelo, Benvenuto Cellini, Antonio Canova and Gian Lorenzo Bernini.

A small section of the video exhibits the photograph by Amendola dedicated to architecture and, finally, mentions the Aurelio Amendola’s visit at Leo-Lev Exhibition Centre, while he shoot the center e its art work, including Announcing Angel attributed to young Leonardo by Carlo Pedretti and the Madonna of Childbirth from Parish Church of San Gennaro in Lucchesia.

The movies’ playlist ends with the video dedicated to the exhibition “Leonardo’s Academy. Tribute to Carlo Pedretti”, that treats about the Achademia Leonardi Vinci at Milan and the Baccio Bandinelli’s Academy at Rome. Then, we pass to see the large art works signed by Oreste Ruggiero, in which they’re reinterpreted in digital art the Agostino Veneziano and Enea Vico’s engravings, having both as subject the Bandinelli’s Academy. With two other original works, Ruggiero conceives in contemporary way a current Academy formed by art historians, artists, researchers who pay a tribute to Carlo Pedretti, considered one of the world’s leading experts on the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci.

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