Leonardo da Vinci

The Self-Portrait
23/06 - 03/08/2015
Musei Capitolini,
Palazzo Caffarelli

Enigmatic, fascinating, beautiful... For the first time in Rome   at the Capitoline Museums the famous Self-portrait of the Tuscan master.

The Self-portrait, the only one recognized by the artist, is part, together with other twelve drawings signed by Leonardo da Vinci, of the precious collection of XV-XIX century Italian and foreign works of art of the Royal Library of Turin, acquired by King Carlo Alberto in 1839 from the antique dealer Giovanni Volpato.

Perhaps the world's most popular drawing, is the protagonist of an exhibition that brings for the first time in Rome the masterpiece of the artist's maturity, after a new diagnostic testing and a "non-invasive” intervention made by restorers of the ICRCPAL,  Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario di Roma.
Before finding themselves face to face with the historical portrait, in three sections of the exhibition, the visitors – caught by the hypnotic gaze and timeless of Leonardo – will have the chance to read like a novel the most important events of the life of the artist from Vinci, the controversial and fascinating events that accompanied the work over the centuries and the characteristics of the sanguigne technique used by Leonardo. The self-portrait is also narrated through three valuable audiovisual documents provided by Rai Teche and Istituto Luce.


Musei Capitolini
, Palazzo Caffarelli
Opening hours

23 June - 3 August, 2015
 Open daily, from 9.30 to 19.30;
Last admission 1 hour before closing time;

Please Note: please check our Notice page for special openings and/or temporary closures

Entrance ticket

From 23 June to 3 August 2015, exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci. L'Autoritratto":
 - ordinary € 5,00;  
 - reduced € 4,00 (EU citizens aged 6 to 25 years, teachers, journalists with professional ID).
 Free of charge:
 - Children up to 6 years;
 - People with disabilities and one carer;
 - European Union Tourist Guides;
 - European Union Tourist Interpreters;
 - ICOMOS, ICOM, ICCROM and Italian and foreign cultural institutes (such as Accademia dei Lincei, Istituto Studi Romani, Amici dei Musei di Roma) members.
 Visitors with a combined ticket to the Musei Capitolini + the exhibition "L’Età dell’Angoscia. Da Commodo a Diocleziano" will be entitled to reduced entrance fee to the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci. L’Autoritratto". 
 Visitors with a ticket to the "Leonardo da Vinci. L’Autoritratto" exhibition will be entitled to reduced entrance fee to the Musei Capitolini + the exhibition "L’Età dell’Angoscia. Da Commodo a Diocleziano". 
 Visitors with a ticket to the Musei Capitolini and the "Leonardo da Vinci. L’Autoritratto" and "L’Età dell’Angoscia. Da Commodo a Diocleziano" exhibitions will receive a gift.
Frecce Trenitalia Ticket holders with destination Rome and CartaFreccia owners will be entitled to reduced entrance fee to the exhibition "Leonardo da Vinci. L’Autoritratto". Proof of eligibility required.


Tickets can be purchased with also credit cards and ATM.



Online tickets
Just show your printed receipt at turnstiles of the Capitoline Museums and the Ara Pacis Museum; no need to go to the ticket office. 

Audio guides in Italian, English, French, German, Spanish: € 5,00;
Audio guides for children in Italian and English (recommended age: 6-12 years): € 4,00.


Infoline: +39 060608 (every day from 9:00 to 21:00)

Exhibition|Late Antiquity and Medieval Art
Other information

Under the High Patronage of the President of the Italian Republic.

Promoted by: Roma Capitale, Assessorato alla Cultura e al Turismo, Sovrintendenza Capitolina ai Beni Culturali, Ministero dei Beni e delle Attività Culturali e del Turismo, Biblioteca Reale, Istituto Centrale per il Restauro e la Conservazione del Patrimonio Archivistico e Librario di Roma (ICRCPAL), Fondazione Enzo Hruby, Fondazione Guglielmo Giordano; 

With the support of: Comune di Vinci

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Zètema Progetto Cultura, Associazione Metamorfosi Official sponsorsListone Giordano, Acea, Acque SpA Servizi Idrici, MasterCard Priceless Rome; Technical sponsorsTrenitalia, Istituto Luce Cinecittà, Rai Teche, Aeroporti di Roma, Atac, Montenovi, Allianz, Rotas Media PartnerSky Arte HD, Radio Subasio Security serviceTravis Group


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