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Once there was no distinction between the career  of  ”Artist” and “Scientist” : Euclidean geometry, Mathematics and Anatomy were taught in the Academy of the Arts of Drawing of Florence, in Middle Age.
Leonardo, Michelangelo, and many others were painters and engineers at the same time.

Here’s a hint of an art project, with my reflections on the presence of geometric and mathematical principles that regulate certain elements of Nature.


Voronoi diagram

watercolors and ink, cm 35 x 50


A natural element whose shape is based on the Fibonacci sequence. Fibonacci was one of the greatest mathematicians of history. Son of a merchant, he travelled along the middle East, and  he was taught  the Hindu-Arabic numeral system by Arabian and Indian mathematician. In “Liber Abaci“, written in 1202, Fibonacci introduced the so-called modus Indorum (method of the Indians), today known as Arabic numerals, the zero and the concept of infinity, revolutionizing Western system. Therefore, Fibonacci became a guest of Emperor Frederick II, who enjoyed mathematics and science at his court.



watercolors and ink, cm 35 x 50


Fractals are mathematical elements, characterized by self-similarity, with a pattern that recurrently repeats at every scale. These geometric objects, studied by Polish mathematician Benoît Mandelbrot,  can often be found in nature: the fern leaves, corals….


Corallium rubrum

watercolors and ink, cm 35 x 50


I am fascinated by frogs, I love the colours and the glittering of their skin…


Frog and dragonfly

watercolour on paper, cm 50 x 70



Agalychnis callidryas

watercolour on paper,  cm 13 x 18


Here are illustrations I’ve painted for an exhibition on butterflies, to which I have taken part in December 2012 at the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences in Turin.


Monarch butterfly

watercolor on paper,  cm 20 x 20



Lycaena Mindora

watercolor on paper, cm 25 x 20




ballpoint pen on paper,  cm 15 x 13


I painted this portrait for the exhibition Lagrange. An European in Turin”  at the Academy of Sciences of Turin, on the occasion of the bicentenary of the death of Giuseppe Luigi Lagrange, its illustrious Founder.  It’s now owned by a private collector.


J. L. Lagrange

sanguine, charcoal and pastels, cm 50 x 70

Turin, private collection


…and another portrait for a scientific conference about the famous Greek Neoplatonist philosopher known as the first woman in mathematics:                   Hypatia of Alexandria.



pastels, 35 x 50 cm


The following are some anatomical studies….


Skull of a lion

pencils on sketch paper,  35 x 35 cm



Skull of a lion

pencils on sketch paper,  35 x 35 cm




colored pencils, cm 18 x 24


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Skull and temporalis muscle

colored pencils on vellum paper, cm 18 x 24


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Foot bones

sepia, white lead on sketch paper, cm 35 x 50



Humerus and clavicle

sepia and white lead, cm 35 x 50



Arm muscles

colored pencils on vellum paper, cm 35 x 50


Firstly you see a big draw I’ve made for a scientific exibition, ” The Week of Science 2010″ in Turin…

DNA and lent

pastels, 70 x 70 cm



Here are some draws I made for a didactic book  about the ancients manual trades in History. All the following works have been used for my naturalistic/artistic workshops of which I deal with at the Regional Museum of Natural Sciences of Turin…


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Time line

graphite, 18 x 24 cm



Cover illustration of didactic book

graphite, cm 21 x 28



Japanese Plant

ballpoint pen on paper





watercolor on paper,  cm 13 x 20




watercolours ob black paper, cm 13 x 18
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