Huge da Vinci collection goes on display in Italy

28th July 2009, Comments 0 comments

A vast array of Leonardo da Vinci will go on public display for the first time in September.

Rome – An enormous collection of writings and drawings by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci will go on public display for the first time in September, organisers said Monday.

The Codex Atlanticus contains a vast array of his work, from studies of bird flight to sketches of complex machinery.

The 1,119 pages of the collection were made between 1478 and 1518 and are housed in 12 volumes. They will be displayed in the northern Italian city of Milan in 24 separate exhibitions.

Fifty pages will be displayed at each exhibition for three months, with the first display on 10 September, and the final exhibition in 2015.

Two of his drawings will be displayed for free ahead of the main exhibitions from 18 July to 31 August in Milan's Palazzo Marino.

The Codex Atlanticus, whose name is an allusion to an atlas due to its large size, is currently kept in the city's historic library, Biblioteca Ambrosiana.

AFP / Expatica

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