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Codex Atlanticus I, II & III.

Leonardo DA VINCI (Author)

Biblioteca Ambrosiana (Milano).

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Leonardo da Vinci.
35 x 50 cm.
Hand made. Gold engraved leather on wooden board.
Book and wood dust jacket.
Special “Dali” paper by Poliedra. “La Chiave di lettura” critical apparatus and editing system: numbered references are placed on transparent paper, referring to the key features of Leonardo’s original drawings and letters, enabling his work to be studied and these points commented in separate notes. 2000 facsimile drawings.




The most important work of Leonardo Da Vinci.

A daily diary with a direct testimony of studies and life during Leonardo’s time, but above all of his life. This diary is the most important scientific heritage of Renaissance. Codex Atlanticus is being held in the Ambrosiana Library and collects sketches with different sizes; some of these sketches may be dated between 1478 and 1518 and are composed by 1119 support papers (65x44 cm).

This Code deals with a lot of different topics: formal sciences (ex. mathematics and geometry), experimental sciences (physics, mechanics) and biology, astronomy, botany, zoology or military arts; furthermore there are also descriptions of the first human flight machine, celestial mechanic studies and the canalisation of water flows. The Codex Atlanticus contains a lot of preliminary artistic drawings, but also famous pictures and among these, there are the sketches of the equestrian statue in honour of Francesco Sforza. These drawings are blown to pieces before casting or urbanistic and architectonic plans to renew Milan, create a new Palace of Medici Family in Florence and build a Royal Palace in Romorantin (France).

During the Sixties, there was a restoration that kept integral the Leoni’s work but, for convenience, the Codex was divided into 12 volumes. In 1608, Leoni died and the Codex was sold by the heirs to the Count Galeazzo Arconati, who donated it and other manuscripts to Ambrosiana Library. In 1795, Napoleon moved these volumes to Paris and only the Codex Atlanticus returned to Ambrosiana Library after the Wien Congress in 1815.

The Codex is called Atlanticus because at the beginning all the sheets were all collected in a single volume with a big size (that was their own of Atlanticus).

IBIC Rating:

AC History of art / art & design styles
ACN History of art & design styles: c 1400 to c 1600
ACND Renaissance art
AFF Drawing & drawings
AFJ Other graphic art forms
AFKB Sculpture
AMA Theory of architecture
AMC Architectural structure & design
AMX History of architecture
DNF Literary essays
HBG General & world history
HBJD European history
HBLH Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700
HBW Military history
JWM Weapons & equipment
PB Mathematics
PBM Geometry
PBX History of mathematics
PDX History of science
PGC Theoretical & mathematical astronomy
PH Physics
PHD Classical mechanics
PST Botany & plant sciences
PSV Zoology & animal sciences
TBX History of engineering & technology
TBY Inventions & inventors
TNF Hydraulic engineering
TRP Aerospace & aviation technology
TTM Military engineering
WCS Antiques & collectables: books, manuscripts, ephemera & printed matter

1D Europe
1DST Italy
2ADT Italian
3H c 1000 CE to c 1500
3JB c 1500 to c 1600