Posted on May 03, 2019

Italian Non-profit NGO Societa Dante Alghieri and Qatar National Library (QNL), in collaboration with the Embassy of Italy in Doha, marked the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci with a lecture by Professor Carmelo Occhipinti titled ‘Leonardo da Vinci as Seen by His Contemporaries: Remarks About the Mona Lisa and Other Portraits’ on Thursday.

Italian ambassador to Qatar HE Pasquale Salzano said, “I am particularly satisfied that Società Dante Alighieri is already active in Doha after only few weeks from the creation of a local committee to promote the Italian language and culture, announced during the visit to Qatar of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte on April 3.” He said, “This first remarkable event, organised in collaboration with the Embassy in the framework of the programme of initiatives promoted by the Italian Government to celebrate the 500th anniversary from the death of Leonardo da Vinci, shows the commitment of the Italy system to promote Italian culture and the excellences of our Country.”

The lecture is included in the official programme of the National Committee for the celebration of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, promoted by the Italian Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities, as well as in the ‘Vivere all’italiana’ programme by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation. It is aimed at highlighting the early history of some of the artist’s most famous paintings by sharing comments and reactions of those who stood in front when Leonardo was still active in Milan under Ludovico il Moro, later in the Republic of Florence and at the court in Paris, where he died in 1519.

The conference is the first initiative promoted by the Dante Alighieri committee in Doha - which was inaugurated few weeks ago in the presence of Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte during his official visit to Qatar recently - and starts the collaboration between Società Dante Alighieri and Qatar National Library, that signed a protocol of understanding to run joint initiatives in the fields of scientific, technical and cultural cooperation.

source: Qatar Tribune