Thursday, 6 September 2018

The Work Of A Genius,

has now been made easier for all to see,

 the Victoria and Albert Museum (V&A) in London recently published scans of two of the Leonardo da Vinci notebooks so website visitors can digitally zoom and flip through the drawings and musings of the Italian Renaissance painter, architect, inventor, and sculptor,

 jumbled together in the delicate journals are thoughts on both science and art—detailed charts and speculations contained on the same pages as observational sketches of hats or horse hooves,

 the collective title for the five notebooks in the V&A’s collection is the Forster Codices,

 this digitized set contains his earliest (1487-90, Milan) and latest (1505, Florence) notebooks in the museum’s collection,

 the name for the journals comes from John Forster who bequeathed the valuable works to the museum in 1876. The V&A plans to digitize the three other notebooks (below), found in the two volumes Codex Forster II and III, for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death in 2019,

 You can learn more about the series of notebooks in the collection on the V&A’s website

 talk about a man before his time, given the state of beliefs in some countries at the time of his writing, it's a surprise he was not burnt at the stake!

above the Three Volumes of Codex Forster, Leonardo da Vinci, late 15th – early 16th century, Italy, what a visionary he truly was.

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