News | May 23, 2023

Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex Atlanticus to be Displayed in the U.S.

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Codex Atlanticus

The DC Public Library has announced that the exhibit Imagining the Future - Leonardo da Vinci: In the Mind of an Italian Genius featuring 12 original Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Codex Atlanticus will be on display at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library.

Presented by Confindustria, in partnership with Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the exhibit marks the first time the Codex Atlanticus has been displayed in the United States.

The exhibit will open to the public on June 21 and run through August 20. Visitors will be able to view 12 of Leonardo’'s sketches and notes, offering insight into the varied interests of one of history’s greatest artists and thinkers and gain a deeper understanding of the origins of technologies we often take for granted and marvel at the remarkable mind that anticipated them centuries ago.

The Codex Atlanticus is a collection of more than 1,200 pages across 12 volumes, containing Leonardo’s notes, drawings, and diagrams from 1478 to 1519. The codex covers a range of subjects, including flight, weaponry, mathematics and botany, and its content has found applications in fields such as engineering and design.