The monumental complex of the Pilotta in Parma, directed by Simone Verde, takes part with La Scapigliata in Unveiling Leonardo, the new digital hub on Google Arts & Culture that brings online stories about Leonardo da Vinci curated by 28 international cultural institutions for a new exploration of the Renaissance genius. The digital hub allows people to explore the life, work and legacy of the great genius and brings online for the first time more than 1,300 pages of his codices.
The retrospective, available to all on Google Arts & Culture, is curated by experts from eight countries, including Milan’s Castello Sforzesco, the Royal Museums of Turin, Parma’s Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta, and Milan’s National Museum of Science and Technology, and offers a glimpse into the creativity of the Renaissance genius: it includes stories about Leonardo’s life, his inventions that can be seen in 3D, as well as his pictorial masterpieces.
The Galleria Nazionale di Parma in the Complesso Monumentale della Pilotta is participating with Head of a Woman, known as ‘La Scapigliatà,’ a panel painting (24.7?21 cm) made between about 1492 and 1501 by Leonardo da Vinci. According to some speculation, the painting may have been given by the nobleman Nicola Maffei to Duchess Isabella d’Este, who had it placed in the private apartment of Margherita Paleologa, who married her son Federico II Gonzaga in 1531. Probably remaining in Lombardy until the eighteenth century without certain news, the Scapigliata is found in the collection of the painter and sculptor Gaetano Callani, who stayed in Milan from 1773-78. After his death his son Francesco sold it to the Academy of Fine Arts in Parma, and in 1839 Leonardo’s work officially entered Parma’s ducal collections.