On November 21, professor Giovanni Cipriani (Associate Professor in the Department of History, Archaeology, Geography, Fine and Performing Arts at the University of Florence) will recount how Florence was during Leonardo’s lifetime, part of the initiative "Leonardo a Santa Maria Nuova".
Leonardo was highly involved in Florence during the reign of Lorenzo the Magnificent. A witness to the Pazzi Conspiracy (1478), he didn’t hesitate to depict the hanging of Bernardo Bandini dei Baroncelli, carefully drawing the Turkish clothing he wore when killed. The climate of the rebirth of the ancient world, which pervaded every aspect of cultural life, influenced Leonardo not only from an artistic point of view, but from a scientific one as well.
Texts discussing medicine, mathematics, botany and geometry were rediscovered and promoted, thanks in part to the invention of the printing press. Renaissance ideals were furiously attacked by the famous Dominican prior Savonarola, who Leonardo heard preach and who would later be condemned to death as a heretic in 1498.