Event: Conference Between reality and utopia: Leonardo da Vinci and the ideal city in the Renaissance
19th June 2019, Auditorium 3, Fondation calouste Gulbenkian, Lisboa, Portugal.

On the occasion of the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death, the Foundation Calouste Gulbenkian and the Italian Embassy are invite you to the conference “Entre realidade e utopia: Leonardo da Vinci e a cidade ideal no Renascimento” [Between reality and utopia: Leonardo da Vinci and the ideal city in the Renaissance]. The conference will be presented by Claudio Giorgione with comments from Professor Ana Tostões, Chair of Docomomo International.

The concept of Ideal City is mainly developed in the fifteenth century, thanks to scholars like Filarete and Francesco di Giorgio Martini. Leonardo da Vinci was also fascinated by the idea of ​​planning a city as if it were a formally finished organism, molded from a perspective of concrete functionality and not only by celebratory criteria or elegance and perfection.

The sketches of Leonardo da Vinci, made between 1487 and 1490, for a new city designed for Duke Ludovico Sforza, the Moor, were found in a set of sheets inserted in the manuscript B of the Institut de France. In them, Leonardo studies the ideal position for the city, the reticulate of its ways, the buildings forms, the sewage systems and many other details.

Claudio Giorgione is the Curator of the Department Leonardo, Art and Science of the National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci of Milan.


Admission is free upon registration.

For more information and fore registration, please visit the website. [Portuguese]

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