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She was invited as an international contemporary artist to the official presentation of "CONTEMPORARY CELEBRITY MASTERS" Vol. II at the The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci in Milan in 2023. At the event, she was distinguished with the 5th International Prize Leonardo da Vinci. This esteemed award is conferred by the Effetto Art Foundation and is dedicated to individuals with a dual background in both science and art, encompassing scientists, engineers, collectors, journalists, and politicians who also contribute as artists.

April 5th 2023

The National Museum of Science and Technology Leonardo da Vinci, Milan, Italy

Exhibited Projects 

'Experience of the Alternatives'




The National Museum of Science and Technology "Leonardo da Vinci," located in Milan, was established in 1953 and boasts a vast area of 50,000m², making it the largest technical-scientific museum in Italy and one of the largest in Europe. Notably, it houses the world's most extensive collection of machine models crafted from drawings by Leonardo da Vinci. With an annual visitation of over 500,000 people, the museum showcases 16,000 historical assets, providing representative evidence of Italy's scientific, technological, and industrial history from the 19th century to the present day. The museum features 14 interactive workshops that engage visitors through informal educational methods. Furthermore, it collaborates with major European and global science museums and has been a member of ECSITE (European Collaborative for Science, Industry, and Technology Exhibitions) since 2003.


For this occasion, Salvatore and Francesco Saverio Russo will select some of the finest international contemporary artists. The award serves as a symbolic recognition for significant artistic careers.


During the event, Francesco Saverio Russo will present his book "A Mystery called Gioconda" to the international audience.


Summary of the book "A Mystery called Gioconda": The narrative begins with a dream, introducing a woman seeking help and disrupting the life of the "chosen one." The protagonist, a 38-year-old man passionate about art, leads a fulfilling life with a gallery of "unique pieces," a loving family, and regular trips to the lake. However, night dreams evolve into recurring encounters with a mysterious and captivating past, spanning from the 1200s to the Renaissance. Historical figures, including King Dionysius of Portugal and Queen Isabella, are featured in this journey. Cardinal Luigi d'Aragona and his secretary embark on a trip to Europe in the early 16th century, entangled in a quest for a priceless work of art. The narrative weaves together elements of friendship, conflicts of interest, Renaissance magnificence, and the genius of the time. The story concludes with sentimental touches, quoting the greatest art expert of the 1600s, and magically ties the past and present together through an enduring love for art.

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