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Leonardo and Natural History


On the 500th anniversary of the death of the great genius of Vinci, the University Museum System organizes the exhibition Leonardo and Natural History.

On display are fossils, animals and herbarium sheets, naturalistic finds from the  collections of the Museum of Natural History in a close comparison with his artistic works and writings. Visitors will be able to find references to botany as it was in Leonardo's time, to the identifications of the natural elements recognizable in some of his famous works, such as the Annunciation of the Uffizi and the Virgin of the Rocks, and in some admirable drawings of his.

Studies on the elements of Nature, from the simple bramble to the most mysterious fossil trace, constituted the leitmotif of Leonardo's thoughts and works. He understood the strength of the messages from the natural world, immortalized in his works, where art and science, form and substance are not separate, but they converse in perfect harmony.

In addition to the finds from the botanical, zoological and paleontological collections, the exhibition proposes a Leonardian itinerary to the "Giardino dei Semplici" through which to observe live a number of botanical species depicted in some of his famous drawings and paintings.


Leonardo and Natural History

Florence, 13 April – 26 May 2019

Museum of Natural History - “La Pira” branch

The locations of the exhibition:

Paleontology, Sala Strozzi, Via G. La Pira 4, Florence

Tueday to Sunday: 9 am-5 pm. Closed on Mondays.

Botanical Gardens “Giardino dei Semplici”, Via Micheli 3, Florence

Tueday to Sunday: 10 am-6.30 pm. Closed on Mondays.


Full fare € 8,00; Concession € 4,00; Family (2 adults and 2 children) € 19,00

The ticket allows entry to the Exhibition, the Paleontology Museum and the "Giardino dei Semplici" Botanical Garden.

50% discount on the full price of the exhibition reserved for holders of a ticket from the Museo Leonardiano in Vinci.

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