Access the Online Archive
Search the Historical Archive of the Pirelli Foundation for sources and materials. Select the type of support you are interested in and write the keywords of your research.
  • Documents
  • Photographs
  • Drawings and posters
  • Audio-visuals
  • Publications and magazines
  • All
Help with your research
To request to view the materials in the Historical Archive and in the libraries of the Pirelli Foundation for study and research purposes and/or to find out how to request the use of materials for loans and exhibitions, please fill in the form below. You will receive an email confirming receipt of the request and you will be contacted.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses

Select the education level of the school
  • Primary schools

  • Lower secondary school

  • Upper secondary school

  • University

Back
Primary schools
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Lower secondary school
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
Upper secondary school
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses
Please fill in your details and the staff of Pirelli Foundation Educational will contact you to arrange the dates of the course.

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory
Back
University
Pirelli Foundation Educational Courses

Do you want to organize a training programme with your students? For information and reservations, write to universita@fondazionepirelli.org

Visit the Foundation
For information on the Foundation's activities and admission to the spaces,
please call +39 0264423971 or write to visite@fondazionepirelli.org

I declare that I have read and understood the privacy statement concerning the processing of my personal data[DTJI1] ,  and, pursuant to Art. 6 of the GDPR, I authorise the Pirelli Foundation to process my personal data for the purposes described therein. .

Fields marked with * are mandatory

Leonardo da Vinci prefers Pirelli erasers at the Villa Farnesina

An exhibition devoted to the trio of Italian genius opened on 16 June at the Villa Farnesina in Rome, as part of a series of events promoted by the Accademia dei Lincei to celebrate the anniversaries of Leonardo (2019), Raphael (2020) and Dante (2021). In a display of postcards, works, objects, magazines and newspapers from a hundred years ago, the exhibition explores the tastes and aesthetics of the celebrations of the anniversaries of Leonardo (1919), Raphael (1920) and Dante (1921). In the years immediately following the First World War, when Italy was attempting to rebuild its own national identity, the three great masters were hailed as a source of inspiration for young artists. They also became models for a new way of looking to the future, in a spirit of innovation and change, involving every sphere of human action and reaching out to the entire population through postcards, objects, furniture, architecture, and magazine and newspaper covers.

In particular, the first section of the exhibition looked at Leonardo, with references to the great inventions of which the genius from Vinci was considered to be a precursor – such as aircraft, which came to the fore in the Aeropainting of the 1920s – together with the equestrian monuments made by artists to illustrate scenes from the Great War, and anatomical studies. One of these works, a Pirelli advertisement featuring the great artist-inventor, is also on display.

Leonardo, the perfect embodiment of art and industry, thus became a sort of special endorser, chosen by Pirelli in 1920 to advertise its erasers: a portrait of him in sanguine, fastened to a support by drawing pins, shows him displaying “the best eraser for drawing”, as the slogan puts it. Just like a modern influencer, Leonardo da Vinci advises us to buy Pirelli erasers. As we can see in the catalogues of the time, now preserved at the Pirelli Foundation, these erasers were all marked with the Long P and a star, and were available in ten different shapes, as well as in the dual ink/pencil type.

The exhibition, entitled Il Trittico del Centenario: Leonardo 1919 Raffaello 1920 Dante 1921, curated by Roberto Antonelli, Virginia Lapenta and Guicciardo Sassoli de’Bianchi Strozzi, will run until 13 January 2022.