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Water as Microscope of Nature. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester

Galleria degli Uffizi, 30 November 2018 - 20 January 2019

The Codex Leicester is a world-famous manuscript, that contains ground-breaking thoughts and notes by Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most genius artists and scientists in the history of mankind. The Water as Microscope of Nature. Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Leicester exhibition presents more than 80 original pages by Leonardo and other precious manuscripts. It will be open for public in the Aula Magliabechiana of Uffizi Galleries 

The element of water: Leonardo da Vinci conducted haunting experiments to understand its nature, to use water as a source for energy and to search for solutions to keep its potentially destructive forces under control. The Renaissance genius’s thoughts on this topic are an important part of the Codex Leicester, that consists of 18 sheets of paper – each of them folded in half and written on both sides, composing the complete 72-page document. The manuscript offers also innovative ideas on other issues, especially on the material nature of the moon, its luminosity and on the history of planet Earth with its continuous and radical transformations. the Codex Leicester the exhibition will present a number of spectacular original drawings by Leonardo and codex sheets of outstanding importance, for example the 17th century anthology Del moto et misura dell’acqua (Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana) or the Codex on the Flight of Birds (Biblioteca Reale di Torino) compiled in the same months as Leonardo was working on the Codex Leicester. The visitors will see for instance four sheets from the Codex Atlanticus (Biblioteca Ambrosiana Milano), that illustrate Leonardo's studies of the moon and his invention of the crane, to enforce the canal project from Florence to the Mediterranean Sea. Also two double-sided sheets from the British Library's Codex Arundel are shown, that contain surveys of the Arno. Altogether the exposition includes more than 80 pages and the Codex on the Flight of Birds from Leonardo da Vinci and, in addition, 10 very precious manuscripts and incunables.

 

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