It's humbling to know that Leonardo da Vinci, visionary artist and brilliant mind that he was, still needed to take notes. (It is perhaps less humbling to realize these works are, in themselves, works of art.) The British Library in London has recently revealed a fully digitized collection of da Vinci's musings, experiments and notes, resulting in almost 570 weird and wonderful images by the master artist.
After his death, da Vinci's journals were given to pupil Francesco Melzi, and then sold to wealthy collectors and donated to museum collections worldwide. From a series of inscriptions contained in one notebook, it is probable that the journal arrived in Britain thanks to the 17th century Earl of Arundel, an avid art lover.
The notebooks contain a beautiful jumble of art, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy and engineering. As the Jonathan Jones writes in the Guardian: "This is a great work of art, in a precociously conceptual genre that has been emulated by modern artists such as Joseph Beuys and Cy Twombly." According to the Guardian, the books also inform us of the famous inventor's predilection for pink tights.
Thanks to the notebooks' new digital life, you'll be able to view the pages in color, and "see the finer details using the deep zoom facility," writes British Library curator Julian Harrison on the institution's website. We'd like to add, these "special effects" are nothing compared to the action-packed TV spectacle that is "Da Vinci's Demons," the bizarre new "The Da Vinci Code"-meets- "Game of Thrones" mashup debuting April 12 on Starz.
Leonardo da Vinci helicopter
Da Vinci drawing
Leonardo Da Vinci
The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne
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Category:Madonna with clove by Leonardo da Vinci.
Leonardo Da Vinci
Study of Two Warriors' Heads for the Battle of Anghiari
Portrait of a Musician
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