The Botany of Leonardo

Events in Florence: from September 13 to December 15, 2019

The symbiotic connection between science and nature, almost taken for granted nowadays, was a kind of a mystery many centuries ago. The first, great, genius who investigated these relations was Leonardo da Vinci, celebrated this year by a series of events in Florence on the occasion of the 500 years since his death.

In particular, the exhibition The Botany of Leonardo, set in Santa Maria Novella complex from 13 September to 15 December 2019, focuses on those aspects of nature that have proved to be the basis of fundamental physiological functions. Many of the cornerstones of current science result from these insights. Leonardo's botanical studies are the fulcrum of the exhibition, which welcomes visitors between two walls covered with plants, then accompanies them through drawings of details, leaves and trees that can be interpreted thanks to innovative multimedia supports. The exposition of the Leonardian systemic vision was curated by Stefano Mancuso, one of the top authorities in the world in the field of plant neurobiology; Fritjof Capra, physicist and Leonardo scholar; and Valentino Mercati, founder and president of Aboca. The travel in Leonardo's mind concludes with a rethinking of the iconic Vitruvian man, as a starting point for a reflection on the balance between man and nature, nowadays often underestimated.

  • Where: Santa Maria Novella Complex 
  • Opening hours: from Monday to Thursday from 9.00 am to 5.30 pm
  • Information: +39 055 219257


The Botany of Leonardo at Santa Maria Novella  Recommended by: Palazzo Vecchietti