Carlo Pedretti

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Carlo Pedretti (born in Bologna, 1928) is an Italian historian. His area of expertise is the life and works of Leonardo da Vinci.[1]

Pedretti is a professor emeritus of art history and Armand Hammer Chair in Leonardo Studies at the University of California, Los Angeles, and is the author of more than 40 books and 500 essays and articles in various languages, on the many aspects of his specialty. He is a member of the ministerial committee for the National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. The honors conferred in Italy and abroad include the Gold Medal for Culture of the President of the Italian Republic in 1972, and that same year the Congressional Citation, which is the highest award from the Government of the United States. He has also been awarded the honorary citizenship of the city of Arezzo (2001) and an honorary degree from the University of Ferrara (1991), Urbino (1998) and Milan (Catholic, 1999), as well as that of the University of Caen in France (2002). Honorary member of the ancient Academy of Euteleti to San Miniato al German and other prestigious organizations and institutions in Italy and abroad and is also a regular of the cultural pages of the Corriere della Sera and de L'Osservatore Romano .

In 1992 he edited the International Exhibition "The Bridges of Leonardo", produced by the Cultural Excalibur Linen Lavorgnas in partnership with the City of Malmoe (Sweden). The exhibition was conceived as a cultural event in support of the engineering project Øresund Bridge .

He is noted as an expert consultant in authenticating disputed works by Da Vinci.[2]

In 1985, he attributed to Leonardo, a wax model (c.1506-08) of a bucking horse with rider, possibly an equestrian portrait of Charles d’Amboise, the French Governor of Milan from 1503-1511 and Leonardo’s friend and patron. The wax statuette was first published as a work by Leonardo in the corpus of Leonardo’s studies in the Queens Collection at Windsor Castle, a special project entrusted to Carlo Pedretti.

In 1998, attributed to Leonardo, as a preparatory study for the Battle of Anghiari, a drawing of the painter Riccardo Tommasi Ferroni (1934-2000).

On April 24, 2008 he was awarded honorary citizenship of the town of Vinci.


  1. ^ Getty Images: Carlo Pedretti
  2. ^ Bertelli, Carlo (November 19, 2005). "Due allievi non fanno un Leonardo" (in Italian). Il Corriere della Sera. Retrieved 2007-09-27. 

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