The Codex Leicester
There are thousands of great personalities of the art and science world who were born, who lived, or were inspired by Florence. Among the most brilliant minds in the entire history of mankind, however, there is one that more than any other, has excelled in his genius in all fields of knowledge: it is Leonardo Da Vinci, who will be honored in 2019, five hundred years after his death.
And a preview of the celebrations is scheduled right in the Tuscan capital with the exposition of the Codex Leicester, on loan to the city by the owner Bill Gates.
From October 29, 2018 to January 20, 2019, the manuscript of one of the greatest inventors and artists of history will, in fact, be exhibited at the Uffizi, in the exhibition "Water as a microscope of nature" by Paolo Galluzzi.
Thirty-six sheets full of drawings, annotations and studies, datable between 1506 and 1510, which will be browsable thanks to an innovative multimedia edition that will allow visitors to virtually immerse themselves in the volume in the Aula Magliabechiana.
The Codex Leicester, a collection of scientific writings on water and astronomy, returns to Florence after a first exhibition dating back to 1982. It is only a first taste of what will be a year entirely dedicated to the celebrations of one of the most enlightened and brilliant minds that humanity has ever known.
The history of the manuscript is steeped in legend. Of certainty, it is only known that this notebook has passed from owner to owner, until 1980, when it was bought by the American entrepreneur Armand Hammer. Upon his death, it went to the University of California, who put it up for sale. In 1994, it would be purchased by the Microsoft mogul for a staggering 31 million dollars.