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In the heart of Jeddah, inside one of the most beautiful buildings of the Balad, the Consulate General of Italy in Jeddah has inaugurated –last October 12th- the exhibition Leonardo Da Vinci. Masterpieces and Flying Machines, which displays stunning digital copies of Leonardo Da Vinci’s paintings and drawings on flying machines.

The Sharbatly House-Museum will host the exhibition until mid November. The event falls in the frame of the many events which the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs is organizing to commemorate the 500th anniversary since the death of Leonardo in Amboise in 1519. The initiative, curated by Carlo Francini, is organized in partnership with the Italian Cultural AssociationSave the Artistic Heritage ( ), a non-profit association aimed at promoting on the international level the Italian historical and cultural heritage.

The Italian Consulate is very proud of this event, which will be quite unique: it will be the first thematic exhibition made only with high level digital reproductions and it will be one of the first displays of figurative art in Jeddah open to the public. It is a tangible sign of the huge social change which Jeddah and whole of Saudi Arabia are undergoing in the recent years in the framework of the Vision 2030 Agenda. The Saudi Ministry of Culture and numerous Italian and Saudi sponsors have supported the event, which is enjoying a big success, especially amongst the young public.

The funds come from the Italian Government and from a number of generous Saudi and Italian sponsors, amongst which: Saudi Airlines; Tamer Group; Al Sharif Water Group; Bagedo Holding Group; ASYAD Holding Group; Leonardo SPA; Al Fursan Ceramics; Bulgari; Fast Auto Tech; Chandelier Home.