The Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies : from Los Angeles to Urbino, a close and permanent collaboration with Carlo Pedretti.

Pr. Carlo Pedretti (1) and the first press announcement of the foundation of the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo studies at UCLA (2).

Examples of the Center’s own activity when at UCLA

Carlo Pedretti (editor of the ALV Journal) with (right to left) president Jogn Pierro of Rockwell International, NAA Division, and Conrad Kuhnf, PR Officer, joined by two recipiens of the « Leonardo medallion » for 1990, Dr. Elizabeth Bleszynski and Dr. Kevin Bowcutt (1). The « Leonardo medallion » for the prestigious Engineer of the Year Award established by Rockwell International, the industry responsible for America’s space program. Leonardo’s eventful career is symbolized by his portrait as a young man in Verrocchio’s David (National Museum of Sculpture at the Bargello in Florence), and by his self-portrait as an old man at Turin. The silver piece, designed by Rockwell engineer James Lo Bianco in 1980, opens in the middle to reveal a striking synthesis of Leonardo’s achievements in all his fields of endeavor (2) (from ALV, vol. III, 1990, Previews).

Giuliano Ghelli’s « In viaggio con Leonardo ». Exhibition of paintings, sculptures and etchings in the Sala del Tesoro of the Sforza Castle in Milan, with Bramante’s Argus in the background (June 1992). Event organized by the City of Milan and the Biblioteca Trivulziana in the program of « The Artist’s Eye on Leonardo » promoted by the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies at UCLA. The exhibition, which was installed again in the autumn, will be taken to Paris and Stuttgart in 1993. Above : Leonardo’s Codex Trivulzianus as the focal point of the Ghelli exhibition. Photographs by Stefano Giraldi (from ALV, vol. V, 1992, The Artist’s Eye on Leonardo).

Jacques Franck representing the Center in Europe


Jacques Franck at the Congress organized on its 75th birthday by the Association Générale des Conservateurs des Collections Publiques de France (AGCCPF), in the Palais du Luxembourg (French Senate, Paris, 25-27 March 1998 ; proceedings published under the eagis of the Direction des Musées de France).

Jacques Franck at the First E.C.C.O. Congress (European Confederation of Conservator-Restorers’ Organizations) and the A.R.I. (Associazione Restauratori d’Italia), Florence, Palazzo degli Affari, 29-31 May 1997, paper published in Italian in Kermes, n° 31, 1998).

The Jacques Franck interview in L’Estampille – L’Objet d’Art, n° 328, 1998, following a worldwide survey in the art press about an eventual cleaning of the Mona Lisa.

Representing the Center in the « Journées AEC de la Couleur », Couleur et environnement, organized by the Association Européenne de la Couleur, Paris, 1999, Auditorium de la Grande Galerie de l’Evolution du Musée National d’Histoire Naturelle.

The Jacques Franck article in Dossier de l’Art, n° 96, about Leonardo’s drapery studies, following the Louvre exhibition Léonard de Vinci, Dessins et manuscrits, Paris, May-July 2003.

Participating as a Section Curator in Prof. Paolo Galluzzi’s exhibition La Mente di LeonardoNel laboratorio del Genio Universale, Florence, Galleria degli Uffizi, March 2006 – January 2007, under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Jacques Franck invited by the Musée du Louvre in 2009 to the « Journées Léonard » Congress (1) and, the next year, to join the international scientific committee of experts advising the restoration of Leonardo’s The Virgin and Child with St Anne (2).

« Art, Law and Crises of Connoissorship », conference jointly organized on the 1st December 2015 by Artwatch UK, Center for Art Law (New York City) and The London School of Economics at the society of Antiquaries of London, Burlington House, London.

The ALV Journal vol. X

1. The last volume of a yearly publication set up in 1988.

2. The Editorial Team.

3 & 4. « Justissimus Dolor », Carlo Pedretti’s Introduction to Jacques Franck’s article « The Last Super, 1497-1997 : The Moment of Truth », in ALV, vol. X, 1997, p. 165-182.

5. Vol. X, Announcement by Carlo Pedretti of Jacques Franck’s nomination as a Permanent Consulting expert to the Armand Hammer Center for Leonardo Studies at UCLA.

6. Vol. X : The Authors.