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This is my Leonardo tribute page. I've always had a profound admiration for Loenardo's work, and I've always found it quite annoying not to be able to freely access his masterpieces. I don't mean the physical objects, but at least reproductions of his amazing work. Looking for accessible copies of his codex, I've has large problems to find many of them. So, I've decided to offer my humble digital collection.

After puting this page online, I've discovered Leonardo Digitale, which has more or less the same aim I have. However, they have a Flash-based solution, which is a) not portable (no iPhone or similar), b) online only, c) not printable, and d) not standard (in the sense I want it to be, at least). Anyway, it is a good place to watch the docs I'm missing here...

One final comment: this page is just a collection of Leonardo's codex I've found on the web and decided to make public together. There is nothing there that is my merit, just the compilation.

Codex Madrid I & II

The Codex Madrid I was rediscovered in 1966 together with the Codex Madrid II. This is a bound volume with precise, carefully worked drawings concerning mainly the science of mechanisms.

Priority is given to the drawings, which are accompanied by a commentary or a caption. The care taken with the layout of each individual page and the finesse of the drawings indicates that the drawings are close to publishable form, either as a presentation manuscript or printed treatise.

Location: Biblioteca Nacional de España

Note: For some reason I don't know, the library did not have a scan of page 172 (92r in Leonardo's notation)...

Codex Arundel

(From the Wikipedia) Codex Arundel, (British Library, Arundel, 263) is a bound collection of pages of notes written by Leonardo da Vinci and dating mostly from between 1480 and 1518. The codex contains a number of treatises on a variety of subjects, including mechanics and geometry. The name of the codex came from the Earl of Arundel, who acquired it in Spain in the 1630s. It forms part of the British Library Arundel Manuscripts.

Location: British Library

Note: These images are "med" resolution. I hope they'll be enough for your purposes, but they're the best I could get...

Codex Atlanicus

(From the Wikipedia) The Codex Atlanticus (Atlantic Codex) is a twelve-volume, bound set of drawings and writings by Leonardo da Vinci, the largest such set; its name indicates its atlas-like breadth. It comprises 1,119 leaves dating from 1478 to 1519, the contents covering a great variety of subjects, from flight to weaponry to musical instruments and from mathematics to botany. This codex was gathered by the sculptor Pompeo Leoni, son of Leone Leoni, in the late 16th century, although Leoni dismembered some Leonardo notebooks in its formation. It is currently preserved at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in Milan.

Location: Biblioteca Ambrosiana

Note: I really don't remember where I got it, so I'm not sure it's even complete, but it seems so...

Codex Leicester

(From the Wikipedia) The Codex Leicester (also briefly known as Codex Hammer) is a collection of largely scientific writings by Leonardo da Vinci. The codex is named after Thomas Coke, later created Earl of Leicester, who purchased it in 1717. Of Leonardo's 30 scientific journals, the Codex may be the most famous of all. The Codex provides an insight into the inquiring mind of the definitive Renaissance artist, scientist and thinker as well as an exceptional illustration of the link between art and science and the creativity of the scientific process. The manuscript does not take the form of a single linear script, but is rather a mixture of Leonardo's observations and theories on astronomy; the properties of water, rocks, and fossils; air, and celestial light.

Location: This book was bough by Bill Gates.

Note: I downloaded the pages from here. Pages 9, 10 and 20 were missing. By fiddling with the urls, I was able to recover something like 9 and 10 (you'll see what I mean), but 20 was impossible. If you have a better version, please, share it!