- Original drawing by Leonardo da Vinci
in the Codex Atlanticus
The Codex Atlanticus is the most important collection of drawings and writings of the inventions of Leonardo da Vinci.
The Codex Atlanticus has been since 1637 in possession of the Ambrosiana Library, one of the oldest cultural institutions in Milan.
The name Codex Atlanticus reflects the large format of an atlas of the dimension 650x440 mm. In the late 16th Century the sculptor Pompeo Leoni collected 1700 writings and drawings of Leonardo da Vinci.
- Ambrosiana library,
exhibition Codice Atlantico
1637 the Ambrosiana library received the collection of the Codex Atlanticus together with 11 manuscripts. The Codex Atlanticus was brought to Paris by Napoleon Bonaparte, but later came back to Milan.
It is is the intellectual heritage of Leonardo da Vinci of 40 years of his life from 1478 to 1519.
The Codex Atlanticus contains ideas and inventions to mechanics, mathematics, astronomy, botany, geography, physics, chemistry and architecture. Furthermore, theoretical and practical aspects of painting, sculpture, optics and perspective are discussed. Leonardo's drawings show the design solutions for war machines, diving suits, aircraft, architectural and urban projects, such as various bridge constructions.
An exhibition of original drawings of the Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo can be admired in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana Library and in the sacristy of the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie. Since 2009, a thematic series of 45 pages of the Codice Atlantico in these two places is shown, one part in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, the other part in the Sacristy by Bramante in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie.
- Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
Every three months, the exhibition switches to another topic. Until the Expo 2015 in Milan in 2015 as all 1119 pages of the Cordice Atlantico will be made accessible to the public.
Guided tour "In the Footsteps of Leonardo da Vinci in Milan"
The universal genius and the Renaissance in Milan with a visit to the Last Supper and the Codex Atlanticus
Group tour on foot from April to October in English every Tuesday and Thursday 04:00 pm with a visit to the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana with the image of Leonardo "Musician" and the Sala Federicina in the Ambrosiana Library with Leonardo's inventions recorded in the "Codice Atlantico". Stroll through an area rich in history, the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie to visit the Last Supper.
- Tour of the Last Supper in the refectory of Santa Maria delle Grazie
- Visit the Codex Atlanticus and the portrait of the musician by Leonardo in the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana
- Duration 3 hours, Available April to October
- Fixed price € 65.00 p.P. per person
- every Tuesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday
- Start 04:00 pm from Ambrosiana Library
Private Tour Leonardo and the Renaissance in Milan
Walking tour with private guide in German, including the Last Supper and Codex Atlanticus
Private Tour with a qualified tour guide with the visit of the Sforzesco Castle, Leonardo's inventions recorded in the "Codex Atlanticus" in the Bramante Sacristy in the church of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the visit of the Last Supper.
- Duration 3 hours, daily by appointment (except Mondays), if availability exists.
- Each tour is organized separately for the requested number of participants.
Leonardo da Vinci tour in Milan: Leonardo, his inventions and masterpieces, visit of the Last Supper
Destination: Rating: 4.8
Length: 3 Stunden
Rates: from 45€, depends on participants
Description: Walking tour with private guide through historical avenues and narrow streets with the visit of art masterpieces related to Milan history and to the genius of Leonardo Da Vinci.
Leonardo da Vinci tour in Milan