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Dante Alighieri - Commedia
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Liber Iesus
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Dante Alighieri - Monarchia
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Sweynheym e Pannartz - Agostino d'Ippona, De Civitate Dei
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Judgment of Ludovico Sforza of 18 August 1498
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Grammatica del Donato
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Dante Alighieri - De vulgari eloquentia
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Facciata del palazzo di Tommaso Marino verso la piazza San Fedele
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Leonardo da Vinci - Notebook
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Bartolomeo Valdezocco - Canzoniere e trionfi by Francesco Petrarca
Dante Alighieri - Commedia
Liber Iesus
Dante Alighieri - Monarchia
Sweynheym e Pannartz - Agostino d'Ippona, De Civitate Dei
Judgment of Ludovico Sforza of 18 August 1498
Grammatica del Donato
Dante Alighieri - De vulgari eloquentia
Facciata del palazzo di Tommaso Marino verso la piazza San Fedele
Leonardo da Vinci - Notebook
Bartolomeo Valdezocco - Canzoniere e trionfi by Francesco Petrarca

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Notebook (Cod. Triv. 2162) is a small paper manuscript in which - within a few years (from about 1487) - Leonardo drew physiognomic sketches, architectural drafts for the Duomo and other Milanese buildings, and also mechanical sketches and designs for war machines. On seven of the pages there are drawings made using a metal stylus that are clearly visible when the pages are illuminated at a low angle. In some cases the impressions have been drawn over, imprecisely, by another hand. The manuscript is distinctive for its long lists of words written in Leonardo’s characteristic cursive script from right to left. The lists record the artist’s attempt to enrich his vocabulary with words of Latin origin, so as to make his scientific writings appear more authoritative and so as to be able to better grasp the writings of other humanists and men of science. After the death of the artist, the Notebook was left to his pupil Francesco Melzi. Together with other Leonardo’s manuscripts, the Notebook came into the possession of Pompeo Leoni. In 1632 it was acquired by Galeazzo Arconati, who then donated it to the Biblioteca Ambrosiana in 1637, taking it back at a later date in exchange for another of Leonardo’s manuscripts. All traces of the codex were lost, until it reappeared in the mid-1700s as part of the Trivulzio collection, which was incorporated into the Castle’s Archivio Storico Civico e Biblioteca Trivulziana in 1935.


This work, belonging to the permanent collection, is open to the public for conservation reasons only on the occasion of temporary exhibitions.


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