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Works by Leonardo da Vinci and other Renaissance masters in Macau

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Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and other Italian Renaissance masters are starting today at the Macau Museum of Art (MAM), an exhibition that marks the first collaboration with the British Museum.

In the year that marks the 500th anniversary of Da Vinci’s death, the 20-year-old Macao Museum of Art has finally completed the “old desire” to work with the “first public museum in the world,” told, the curator of MAM, Margarida Saraiva.

It was an old desire to work with the British Museum, which has one of the largest collections of art in the world. On this occasion, it was the celebration of the 20th anniversary of MAM and the 500th anniversary of the death of the author of Mona Lisa, on the sidelines of the inauguration.”

The exhibition features 52 original drawings of 42 Italian Renaissance masters – from da Vinci, Michelangelo, Titian, Raphael, Rosso Fiorentino, Mantegna and Correggio – and explores the importance of drawing in the creative process of artists between 1470 and 1580.

In Macau, a land that “has always been an art platform” and where the Italian Renaissance missionary Matteo Ricci was “for a few years“, the exhibition also serves to speak of this ancient Portuguese enclave as “a place of encounters“, stressed the curator.

Paper, the basis of any design, is a Chinese invention. It is the great availability of paper drawing in Renaissance Italy that makes the drawing have the importance it has,” he recalled.

But if Italy owes China the role, China owes the Italians the “perspective,” introduced in the Chinese court by Matteo Ricci in 1601, through a world map that already described “all the geographical discoveries that accompany the Renaissance period”.

Printed in China a year later, the map has meant that the perspective has since had an “impact on the art produced in China,” he said.

The exhibition, titled “Drawings of the Italian Renaissance of the British Museum” and aims to be inclusive – 3D printing techniques were used to create tactile experiences of some of the works of art presented -, is shown in the MAM until June 30.

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