Carleton University will host a recreation of Leonardo da Vinci’s portrait of Lucrezia Crivelli, by artist Francois Pelletier on the floor of the University Centre Galleria.

Following the Italian tradition of the Madonnari, Pelletier will use temporary mediums such as chalks and pastels to reproduce this famous masterpiece. The community is invited to follow the progress as the artist works, applying and blending every colour by hand.

This event is part of Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci.

Media are invited to visit the portrait while it is being created.

: Thursday, Sept. 19, from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: Galleria, Fourth Floor University Centre, Carleton

The artist will use pavement art pastel techniques on a special canvas. These unconventional methods allow the artist to saturate the surface with pigments and different textures in an attempt to capture da Vinci’s unique sfumato (a blending technique) and chiaroscuro (the use of strong contrasts of light and darkness).

About Francois Pelletier

Pelletier has been a pavement artist for more than 20 years. He has polished his craft around the globe, studying the compositions and color palettes of many major artworks – from da Vinci, Caravaggio and Delacroix among others – in museums, churches and other institutions.

About Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci

Cinquecento: Carleton Celebrates Leonardo da Vinci is a year-long celebration that looks at da Vinci’s work with fresh eyes. In Italian, “Cinquecento” means 500 and, for this series of events, refers to the 500 years since his passing. During Cinquecento, Carleton’s faculties come together to explore da Vinci’s interdisciplinary innovations. Cinquecento is a comprehensive look at the life and work of one of history’s most fascinating people.

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