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  • On May 2, 1519, Leonardo Da Vinci died in Amboise, France. This year all Italy honors the 500th anniversary of his death with exhibitions and events, down to and including lessons for adults in drawing and fresco painting. Milan's offerings are the most, however.
  • April 15, 2019 marked the second edition of Italian Research Day in the World, a recurrence established by the Ministry of Education, University and Research in partnership with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ministry of Health in correspondence with the anniversary of the birth of Leonardo da Vinci. On this occasion, President Sergio Mattarella reminded us that Italian research is a valuable asset and deserves adequate investments.
  • Giuseppe Arcimboldo, 1590's, "Vegetables in a Bowl" or "The Gardener" (reversible head)
    A comprehensive exhibition of playful, avant-garde works by Italian Renaissance painter Giuseppe Arcimboldi. Palazzo Barberini, Rome; October 20, 2017 - February 11, 2018.
  • Italy’s world-renowned opera composer Giuseppe Verdi marched in this year’s Columbus Day Parade in Manhattan. Verdi was portrayed by actor, director, and playwright Massimiliano Finazzer, who spoke to i-Italy about his experience marching up New York’s Fifth Avenue dressed as the famous composer.
  • Former US President Barack Obama was the keynote speaker at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit in Milan
    Former US President Barack Obama arrived in the Italian city of Milan on May 8th to discuss the intersection between food security and climate change at the Seeds&Chips Global Food Innovation Summit.

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