Fondazione Stelline, Milan – September 13th 2019

“Painting is a silent poetry and poetry is a blind painting”
(Leonardo Da Vinci)


Leonardo da Vinci arrives in Milan at the end of the fifteenth century and decides to introduce himself at Ludovico il Moro's court praising his qualities as inventor, engineer and scientist, calling himself “a man of war and a man of peace”.

He is confident and ambitious, ready to show all the knowledge he learned in Florence, the most important cultural center of the early Italian Renaissance.

The Cenacle

The experimental character of the Cenacle is to be understood as a refusal by the Artist of the usual techniques to obtain a fresco: the traditional technique in fact needs to work day by day, to prepare the wall with three basic steps of which the first takes the name of Rinzaffo, Calce Grassa and sand, with a rough and viscous consistency. The Arriccio is a finer plaster that once dry but not withered,  hosts one of the "carry-over" techniques of the design called precisely “spolvero”.


Leonardo is called to organize parties, to divert rivers, to build fortifications as well as sets and fireworks at the Castle; he paints the Room of the Aces and the Cenacle.

Milan looks like a polycentric city, where he can feel the influence of the North and the avant-garde cultural climate allows him to express all his genius.

The painting

For Leonardo, painting is a poetry that can be seen and not heard, and poetry is a painting that can be felt and not seen.

It is precisely in this idea that the installation “Spolvero” finds place: presence and absence, visible and invisible, “spolvero” and relief.

A circular system that subtracts the artwork and then returns it through collective and multi-sensory fruition.

The team

An artist, a designer and a filmmaker.


The protagonists of the winning project of the “Milano Da Vinci” contest organized by the Municipality of Milan, the Italian Accenture Foundation and the Civic School of Cinema Luchino Visconti.

“Mine is a work of research, of juxtaposition, of a union, a work that speaks about other geographies, in the human and instinctive territory of art, which is the only territory that allows us to arrive.”
Lucrezia Zaffarano, Artist
“Technology is not good or bad; I believe it is a tool in our hands to let us try to improve our world and stimulate our creativity, day by day.”
Matteo Carbonara, Designer
“I spent part of my life in Marketing and Business Development; since some years I’ve chosen to entirely devote myself to visual communication: photography and video making.”
Andrea Sartori, Visual Storyteller

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