Leonardo da Vinci exhibition at Palazzo Reale, Milan

If you’re hoping to see the Mona Lisa or the Virgin of the Rocks, you’ll be disappointed, but there are a lot of good reasons why you shouldn’t miss this show. As there are not many Leonardo paintings anyway – about 15 – but lots of drawings, the organisers gave the exhibition the theme of…

10 reasons why cycling is good for you

It has its down sides. When you get to the office, you need to freshen up and perhaps put on the fresh shirt that you’ve brought with you in your bag. Your bag has to be a backpack. You’ll get a few bumps and grazes over the years. But all considered, you’re better off cycling.…

Last Supper, a grand complication in art

One of Milan’s claims to fame is that it is the only city in which you can give the name of a painting to a taxi driver, and he’ll know exactly where to take you. The Last Supper caused a revolution in painting when it was first unveiled in 1499, and it has contined to…

Sala delle Asse, Milan

Leonardo da Vinci and the exploration of space

If one had to choose a characteristic of Italian art that sets the 15th century apart from previous periods, it could only be perspective. The depiction of three-dimensional forms on a two-dimensional surface as theorized by Brunelleschi and mathematician Luca Pacioli was as powerful then as the advent of virtual reality is today. Perspective made…