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Sala delle Asse: An unmissable opportunity to appreciate Leonardo’s work

It’s finally time to rediscover Leonardo da Vinci’s testimony and work at the Sforza Castle.

For the next months, the Sala delle Asse, one of the most renowned rooms of the castle, will be opened for the public, after starting restorations in 2013.


The room, decorated with armory themed frescoes, especially made for Galeazzo Maria Sforza, was decorated by Leonardo in 1498. However, with the passing of time, and domination by foreign forces, the paintings were forgotten and slowly covered, remaining hidden for years to come.


It was in 1893 that the architect Luca Beltrami and the historian Paul Müller-Valde unveiled the old traces of paintings, followed by a restoration by Ernesto Rusca in 1902, that reinterpreted the decorations, recreating the painting with lively colors. The monochromatic paintings, however, were attributed to a later time under spanish reign, were covered.


Later, in the 1950’s, the colors are softened in the search of being faithful to the original work, and the monochromatic fragments of the north and north east walls, finally attributed to Leonardo, are left uncovered an visible.


Finally, the Sala delle Asse, under restoration since 2013,  has been opened to the public during the exhibition “Sotto l’ombra del Moro. La sala delle Asse”, curated by Francesca Tasso and Michela Palazzo.

The public will be able to admire the original work by Leonardo, with its extraordinary monochromatic drawings and preparatory designs, until January 12th, 2020.


Don’t miss the opportunity to visit the Sala delle Asse and enjoy first hand the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and his work.


We will be delighted to design a day experience for you, especially tailored to discover the best of Leonardo’s work in Milan.


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