Fondazione Stelline, Lombardia Region and Municipality of Milano fly to New York with Hub Leonardo to present the packed programme of celebrations for 2019, dedicated to the Great Genius to mark 500 years since his death.
On October 8th and 9th, Leonardo is the focus of a series of initiatives organised by the Fondazione Stelline with its Hub Leonardo, coinciding with Columbus Day, a traditional event in which the Fondazione has participated for the past three years, celebrating the great Genius admired the world over, before an audience of more than one million people on 5th Avenue. 

“Come to Leonardo, Come to Milan” is the slogan accompanying these momentous two days in New York, promoted by the Fondazione with sponsorship from the Regione Lombardia (the Lombardy Regional Authority) and Comune di Milano (the Municipality of Milan). The aim is to promote Milan and the areas of Lombardy where Leonardo lived for more than two decades, and where he left traces of his creative flair in every field of knowledge.

ph.© Aldo Soligno

On October 8th, Leonardo was celebrated during the Columbus Day Parade on Fifth Avenue with an historic re-enactment in Renaissance costumes, kindly provided by the Sforzinda association in Vigevano. Following the parade, the institutional delegation attended a private, official reception at the Consulate General of Italy in New York.

On October 9th, an event was held at the Morgan Library & Museum of New York, chosen as a symbolic site due to its collection of Italian Renaissance art, including a precious drawing by Leonardo; moreover, the event took place in the museum’s auditorium, the Gilder Lehrman Hall, which was designed by architect Renzo Piano in 2006.

There the rich programme of projects and initiatives on offer in Milan and in Lombardy Region in 2019, marking the five-hundredth anniversary since Leonardo da Vinci’s death, was presented, with the attendance of the Consul General of Italy in New York and Minister Plenipotentiary, Francesco Genuardi, the Deputy Major for Culture of  the Municipality of Milan, Filippo Del Corno, the President of  Fondazione Stelline, PierCarla Delpiano, and Massimiliano Finazzer Flory, artist and director of the film "Being Leonardo da Vinci".
The event came to a close with a preview screening of the short film "Being Leonardo da Vinci", produced in partnership with RAI CINEMA and sponsored by the National Committee for the celebrations to mark 500 years since Leonardo da Vinci’s death. 

Over the course of the two days, the team has worked to reinforce the links between the capital of Lombardy Region and New York through the figure of Leonardo, a cultural icon perfectly suited to highlighting the “new Renaissance” that Greater Milan is experiencing in the wake of Expo 2015.
This, then, is a prestigious international showcase for promoting Italy abroad as a cultural attraction and boosting tourism to Italy, particularly Milan and Lombardy, in 2019; particularly to those places connected with Leonardo, such as Milan, Vigevano and Vaprio d’Adda.