The Visit of the Italian President Sergio Mattarella

On Friday October 19th, at the Fairmont Hotel in San Francisco, the President of Italy, Sergio Mattarella, met with the Italian Community. A few Board members of the Leonardo da Vinci Society proudly attended the event. It was an honor and a memorable moment for all the Italian and Italian-American communities of San Francisco and the Bay Area.

“…sono lietissimo di potervi salutare, di manifestare cosi a tuuti voi l’apprezzamento piu grande di tutta l’Italia per la vostra presenza cosi operosa in questa straordinaria citta e in questo stato cosi bello e importante della California…” (I’m delighted to be able to greet you, to express to you all the deepest appreciation on behalf of all of Italy, for your active involvement in this extraordinary city and in this state so beautiful and important as California)

The event started with the children of La Scuola Internazionale di San Francisco playing the Italian and American national anthems. After that, the President of Italy, the Consul General of Italy Lorenzo Ortona, the Mayor of San Francisco London Breed, and the Ambassador of Italy Armando Varricchio, addressed the attendees, leaving them full of enthusiasm, pride and happiness.

Quirinale did a wonderful video of the entire event, and also you can see the beautiful pictures taken by our Board Member, Enrica Cavalli.

Please watch the event and take take a look at the beautiful pictures taken by our Board Member, Enrica Cavalli.

A Personal Welcome

Dear All,

As new President of The Leonardo da Vinci Society, I want to personally welcome you to a new chapter for our organization. It is with honor and enthusiasm that I take this role after four wonderful years on the Board helping our past president, Amelia Antonucci,  accomplish so many important programs.

As always happens, a change in leadership brings some excitement and news and I want to share with you my goals and dreams. 
First of all, I want to maintain our mission and our values to promote appreciation of the Italian contribution to art, literature, science, and culture. We continue to offer wonderful cultural programs and networking opportunities.

I want to increase membership and see our society become a vibrant vehicle for creating new relationships and alliances among our San Francisco Bay Area communities.
Last, but most important, I want to Be Present and Go Beyond! I want to focus on you, get to know you better and work with you in shaping the future for the next generations of Italo enthusiasts. 
I’m confident that this year we can all Be Present and Go Beyond. I will take the liberty to call you soon to chat about your expectations, interests and ideas.

Our fall programs are ready to go. Download our Fall Newsletter here and visit our website to register for our events.

I look forward to talking to you soon.

All my best,
Sabrina

Sabrina Longega Wilson, President
slongega@gmail.com
Leonardo da Vinci Society

Leonardo 500 Anniversary

On the 70th Anniversary of its foundation, The Leonardo da Vinci Society San Francisco and The Italian Cultural Institute of San Francisco are proud to announce
a series of events planned and launched under the auspices
of the Consulate General of Italy,  in collaboration with Humanities West, ISSNAF,
the Museo Italo Americano, the Commonwealth Club
and Stanford University celebrating the Leonardo 500 Anniversary.

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11th at 6:00pm

Leonardo’s Knots
By author Caroline Cocciardi
Publisher: Mona Lisa Knot (2019)

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Reservations: www.commonwealthclub.org/

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 15th at 6:30pm

Becoming Leonardo: An exploded view
on the life of Leonardo
(Melville House)
By author Mike Lankford

Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society in collaboration with Museo Italo Americano

Museo Italo Americano, Fort Mason, Building C
Reservations: Becoming Leonardo

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19th at 6:00pm

Salvator Mundi
A lecture by Prof. Martin Kemp
Organized by Commonwealth Club

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Reservation: www.commonwealthclub.org/

FRIDAY/SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd and 23rd

Salvator Mundi
Creating Leonardo: Commemorating
500 Years of Leonardo’s Legacy 

A 2 days program organized by
Humanities West

Marines’ Memorial Theatre
609 Sutter St.
Reservation: http://humanitieswest.net/
Discount Tickets for LDV members code: DaVinciSociety

THURSDAY, MARCH 14th at 6:00pm

Mona Lisa Smile:
The question of Leonardo’s Women,
from Vasari to
Freud and the Digital Age
by Prof. Henrike Lange, UC Berkeley

Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society
in collaboration with The Italian Cultural Institute
Reservation: www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 20th at 6:30pm

Lynn Harris on Isaacson Book
Leonardo  
Organized by Humanities West

The Commonwealth Club
110 The Embarcadero
Reservation: www.commonwealthclub.org/

SATURDAY, MARCH 23rd  (4pm to 10pm)

Celebrate the Legacy of Leonardo thru Food
Presented by Prof. Ken Albala
Organized by Humanities West
At the Civic Kitchen

Reservation: http://humanitieswest.net/

WEDNESDAY, MARCH 27th  at 6:30pm

Leonardo’s Books. New Light on
Leonardo’s Intellectual World
C
onference of Prof. Carlo Vecce
(University of Naples “L’Orientale”)

Organized by The Italian Cultural Institute
Reservation: www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

FRIDAY, APRIL 5th  at 6pm

Leonardo da Vinci Society 500 Gala Dinner
Award to 3 young scientists by LdVS & ISSNAF

Renaissance music trio by Roy Whelden
Dinner and DJ

Reservation: www.davincisanfrancisco.com

THURSDAY, MAY 2nd  (10am to 5pm)

Opening of the Exhibition
Leonardo’s Lost Library: 
A Renaissance reader and his books.

Organized by Stanford University
Info: https://arts.stanford.edu/event/

MONDAY, MAY 6th  at 6:30pm

Leonardo and Music 
Lecture by Prof. Kate von Orden
(Harvard University)
Organized by The Leonardo da Vinci Society
in collaboration with The
Italian Cultural Institute

Italian Cultural Institute San Francisco
Reservation: www.iicsanfrancisco.esteri.it

TUESDAY, MAY 14th  at 7pm

Museo Galileo, Florence, Kratter
Visiting Professor, will present to wrap up
our  celebration of 500 years of Leonardo

The Signs of Time: Leonardo da
Vinci’s History of the Earth and the Fate of Man.

Organized by Stanford University
Cemex Auditorium, Stanford University
Info: http://web.stanford.edu/dept/HPSTcolloquia.html