Melzi's Flora on display in UK

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Added On May 25, 2019

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To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci's death, the National Gallery is displaying the recently restored "Flora", an artwork created in 1520 by Francesco Melzi, the favoured assistant and companion of Leonardo da Vinci.
 
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The month-long, free exhibition is on display in room 12.
 
The display is titled "Leonardo’s Legacy: Francesco Melzi and the Leonardeschi".
 
In the display, Flora is shown alongside key works by other Leonardeschi.
 
The term "Leonardeschi" has been used to identify a large group of artists who worked in the studio of or under the influence of Leonardo da Vinci.
 
Francesco Melzi was born in 1493 and died in 1570, and he was the favoured assistant and companion of Leonardo in his final years in Milan.
 
Melzi was largely responsible for preserving Leonardo's notebooks and drawings for the future.
 
His painting reflects the influence of Leonardo da Vinci.
 
Melzi has taken Leonardo's meticulous approach to painting plants, and also replicates the complex hair-styling he uses in other portraits.
 
This is the first time Melzi's art piece, "Flora", has been seen in the UK, and the first time it has been seen outside Russia since its restoration.