Contrary to popular belief, Leonardo was not an ‘omo sanza lettere’, a man with no education. Owner of a collection of nearly 200 books, in Latin and the vernacular, with many printed texts on religion, literature and science, Leonardo was an intellectual, artist and scientist because of his library. An impressive collection for an artist-inventor of the 16th century, Leonardo was a great reader of the classics as well as modern authors, with a connection to culture through books.
This rich and illustrative exhibition will display a replica of Leonardo’s writing desk, filled with writing and drawing material, as well as a large selection of the books that made up the Tuscan genius’s library. His entire collection of volumes will also be made accessible via a digital library, supplied with (explanatory) abstracts. Multimedia devices will allow the visitor to leaf through the ancient manuscripts and texts that Leonardo himself consulted, his notes written out on the pages, echoing his own use of them and of the past.