The Botany of Leonardo

In the Santa Maria Novella complex in Florence from 13/09/2019 to 15/12/2019

The Botany of Leonardo. A vision of science bridging Art and Nature is an exhibition devised and produced by Aboca, in collaboration with the Municipality of Florence.

The exhibition outlines the philosophical and technological context of the time in which Leonardo da Vinci lived in order to explore his study of form and the processes of the Plant world in greater depth. Through his eyes as a “systemic” thinker, the connections between art, science and nature, as well as the relationships between different spheres of knowledge, are revealed.

The botany of Leonardo thus becomes a privileged perspective that opens up modern discourse on scientific evolution and ecological sustainability.


Exhibition + Santa Maria Novella Complex combined

  • Full € 10.00 – Reduced € 7.50 (11-18 years)
  • Free for residents of the Municipality of Florence (a form of identification is required), and children under the age of 11.

Guided visits in Italian and English available on reservation

  • Full € 5.00
  • Reduced € 2.50 (for residents in the province of Florence)

Two entrances: Piazza della Stazione 4 / Piazza Santa Maria Novella (Basilica)  13 September – 15 December 2019

By purchasing a ticket to the exhibition, you can access the entire Santa Maria Novella complex which includes: the Basilica with its frescoed chapels and Giotto’s Crucifix, the Sacristy and the Avelli cemetery; the Santa Maria Novella museum, with its Cloister of the Dead, the famous Green Cloister, the Spanish Chapel and the Ubriachi Chapel.


For individuals

Monday to Saturday 9.30 am – 1 pm and 2 pm – 5 pm
Sundays and holidays 9.30 am -12.30 pm

For schools

From Monday to Friday 9.30- 1pm / 2 pm – 4.30 pm


The polyhedra in Florence

The exhibition is also brought to life in some of the most important places in Florence, including

  • Piazza Santa Maria Novella
  • Piazza della Signoria
  • Piazza della Stazione
  • La Fortezza da Basso

Here, one can admire large-scale reproductions of the polyhedra that Leonardo illustrated for Luca Pacioli’s manuscript De Divina Proportionewhich were symbolic of the Leonardian vision of the relationship between man and nature.

Leonardo da Vinci and Aboca

Aboca’s thinking is based on an understanding of a symbiosis that focuses on the relationship between man and the environment. Amazingly, that same thinking can also be found in Leonardo’s work, who over 500 years ago asked himself the same questions, on a path of discovery that still seems coherent and relevant today.

Aboca is an Italian healthcare company specialising in 100% natural products that work in harmony with the human body as well as the environment. They are products marked by innovation, research, quality and values. That’s why they can respond to human health needs in the most profound sense: treating people effectively today, while improving tomorrow’s quality of life.

Aboca is also a Benefit Corporation: the company is committed by its articles of association to working in a responsiblesustainable and transparent way towards the community, individuals and the environment and monitoring the resulting “communal benefits” annually.