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The Museum and IBM Italia Foundation present LeonardoAround, the new iPhone and iPad application to explore and learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s historic sites in Milan.

LeonardoAround is an application for iPhone e iPad, in Italian and English, to explore and learn about Leonardo da Vinci’s historic sites in Milan.

Thanks to the application, which can be downloaded for free from App Store, users will always have at hand maps, thematic trails, interesting spots, resources to learn more and videos.
The purpose of LeonardoAround is to show the richness of Milan’s cultural heritage, museums, churches, public buildings, waterways and monuments, the most famous ones as well as the lesser-known, within a concrete project of cultural networking and touristic valorization.
The application enables users to browse through different themes and interesting spots in Milan, showing the city as the geographical scenario in which Leonardo physically developed the majority of his work: a geo-referentiated tour, enriched with multimedia contents and other resources to access further information.

The Museum has a long history in the use of interactive multimedia technology, trying to get the best out of its potentiality. This approach to technology has always encouraged the full exploitation of the various existing multimedia languages, fostering a sensible use which is always aimed at reaching the Museum’s goals in the best way.

The Museum operates in the same way in the field of mobile devices and their applications.

These shared goals have led to the collaboration with IBM Foundation for the LeonardoAround project.

A kind of technology such as mobile technology, whose strength points are in its potentiality, in its support to tourism, in geolocalization and in orientation, was the perfect medium to realize a cultural project addressed to the territory, to citizens and tourists in Milan. It makes Leonardo Da Vinci its center and focuses on the sites and institutions that say something about him.

Il Museo and IBM Foundation have chosen the language of Apps, in order to realize a tool which acts as a guide through Milan, seeking and rediscovering the figure of Leonardo. To do so, it suggests itineraries, offers contents and provides with all the information needed, not only by tourists who are just passing through, but also by citizens.

Themes and guided tours

Milan’s museums gather interesting works by Leonardo and other Leonardesque artists, telling the story of Milan during Renaissance through their heritage.

Many works of art realized by Leonardo in Milan are exhibited today in the main museums all over the world, however in Milan it is still possible to admire some of his masterpieces, from the Cenacolo to the Atlantic Code, the main collection of his drawings.

In Milan Leonardo met artists, engineers and intellectuals who enriched his knowledge: among them were Donato Bramante, Francesco di Giorgio Martini and the mathematician Luca Pacioli. His art soon became a reference point for several painters, which would be therefore later called “Leonardesque”.

During the years Leonardo spent in Milan, several churches were lively building sites, in which architects, sculptors and painters used to work all together.

The examination of water ways is very important for Leonardo. When he first arrived in Milan, he came across with an agricultural and economic reality, in which the use of canalization had been largely widespread since the Middle Ages. Leonardo observed and surveyed the Naviglio Grande and Naviglio Martesana waterways, devoting particular attention to the locks built to overcome level differences, thus investigating possible improvements.

Leonardo arrived in Milan in 1482. The city was governed by the Sforza family, and Leonardo entered the court as a military engineer, architect, sculptor, painter and even musician. He would later become a ducal engineer.

Milan’s building sites, the hydraulic school and technology in Lombardy were a source of inspiration for Leonardo, and they contributed to his learning. In his drawings he surveyed and described the architectural works he was curious about, such as the Sforza Castle and the numerous waterways.

Mapped Sites

  • Santa Maria delle Grazie Basilica
  • Biblioteca Ambrosiana
  • Ca’ Granda
  • Atellani House
  • Castello Sforzesco
  • Monumental Horse
  • Leonardo’s Last Supper
  • Incoronata Lock
  • Viarenna Lock
  • Naviglio Pavese Lock
  • Church of San Maurizio al Monastero Maggiore
  • Church of Santa Giustina
  • Church of Santa Maria presso San Satiro
  • Duomo
  • Lazaret
  • Santo Stefano Harbour
  • Museo Bagatti Valsecchi
  • Museo Nazionale della Scienza e della Tecnologia Leonardo da Vinci
  • Museo Poldi Pezzoli
  • Monument to Leonardo
  • Naviglio Grande
  • Naviglio Martesana
  • Palazzo Reale
  • Pinacoteca di Brera
  • Bramante’s Sacristy in Santa Maria delle Grazie
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