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The British Library is set to exhibit three of Leonardo da Vinci’s most revered notebooks together for the first time.

The Codex Arundel, the Codex Forster and the Codex Leicester will all feature in the show, which explores da Vinci’s profound belief that motion was at the centre of everything. 

The exhibition, called ‘Mind in Motion’, is scheduled for next summer to mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death. 

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The British Library is set to exhibit three of Leonardo da Vinci's most revered notebooks together for the first time. The Codex Arundel, the Codex Forster and the Codex Leicester will all feature in the show 

The British Library is set to exhibit three of Leonardo da Vinci’s most revered notebooks together for the first time. The Codex Arundel, the Codex Forster and the Codex Leicester will all feature in the show 

His notebooks contain diagrams, drawings, personal notes and observations, providing a unique insight into how he saw the world.

The three books are written in Leonardo’s mirror script and shine light on how ahead of his time he was, according to the British Museum.

One famous collection of his scientific writings, the Codex Leicester, is being shown in the UK for the first time since its purchase by Bill Gates, who has let the museum borrow it for three months.

The Microsoft founder bought the Codex Leicester in 1994 for $31 million (£24 mn), a price that made it the most expensive book ever sold.

The 72-page manuscript dates back to the 16th century and primarily relates to da Vinci’s thoughts relating to water-and the relationship between the moon, the Earth, and the sun.

the meaning that the words are supposed to be read from right to left.

 Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, is one of the greatest minds of the last millennium. The three notebooks are written in Leonardo’s mirror script and shine light on how ahead of his time the great master was, according to the British Museum

 Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, is one of the greatest minds of the last millennium. The three notebooks are written in Leonardo’s mirror script and shine light on how ahead of his time the great master was, according to the British Museum

 Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, is one of the greatest minds of the last millennium. The three notebooks are written in Leonardo’s mirror script and shine light on how ahead of his time the great master was, according to the British Museum

WHO WAS LEONARDO DA VINCI?  

Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, is one of the greatest minds of the last millennium. 

The poly math was a driving force behind the Renaissance and dabbled in invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, and cartography.

He has been attributed with the development of the parachute, helicopter and tank. 

He was born in what is modern-day Italy in 1452 and died at the age of 67 in France. 

After being born out of wedlock the visionary he worked in Milan, Rome, Bologna and Venice. 

His most recognisable works include the Mona Lisa, the Last Supper, Vitruvian Man. 

Another piece of artwork, dubbed the Salvator Mund, sold for a world record $450.3 million (£343 million) at a Christie’s auction in New York in 2017.  

Roly Keating, the library’s chief executive, said it would be ‘a remarkable coming together’ of ‘three extraordinary and very famous’ documents. 

Da Vinci also wrote his notes starting on the right-hand side of the page. 

It is not clear whether this so-called mirror writing was a way to keep his notes private or simply a means to prevent smudging, as da Vinci was left-handed.  

‘These remarkable pages, written in Leonardo’s distinctive mirror writing, illustrate how his detailed studies of natural phenomena – and in particular of water – influenced his work both as an artist and an inventor,’ explained a spokesperson from the British Library. 

Curator Andrea Clarke said da Vinci’s notebooks ‘show him to be an extraordinarily dynamic thinker who was able to make connections between multiple phenomena and disciplines.’

Da Vinci conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, also outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.

Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded.

The Arundel is the world’s second-biggest compilation of Leonardo's work and features writings on mechanics and bird flight to drawings of underwater breathing apparatus, as well as riddles, prophecies and more personal notes

The Arundel is the world’s second-biggest compilation of Leonardo's work and features writings on mechanics and bird flight to drawings of underwater breathing apparatus, as well as riddles, prophecies and more personal notes

The Arundel is the world’s second-biggest compilation of Leonardo’s work and features writings on mechanics and bird flight to drawings of underwater breathing apparatus, as well as riddles, prophecies and more personal notes

He made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science

The da Vinci exhibit will run from June until September.

The library also announced exhibits exploring Buddhism and the act of writing.

THE MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF LEONARDO DA VINCI 

Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his stunning artwork but the Italian Renaissance painter had many talents.

He was also a sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer.

The Mona Lisa is his most famous and most parodied portrait while his painting of The Last Supper is the most reproduced religious painting of all time.

Leonardo’s drawing of the Vitruvian Man is also regarded as a cultural icon – being reproduced on items as varied as the euro coin, textbooks, and T-shirts.

Only around fifteen of his paintings survive because of his constant, and frequently disastrous, experimentation with new techniques, and his chronic procrastination.

Leonardo is also revered for his technological ingenuity.

He conceptualised a helicopter, a tank, concentrated solar power, a calculator, and the double hull, also outlining a rudimentary theory of plate tectonics.

Relatively few of his designs were constructed or were even feasible during his lifetime, but some of his smaller inventions, such as an automated bobbin winder and a machine for testing the tensile strength of wire, entered the world of manufacturing unheralded.

He made important discoveries in anatomy, civil engineering, optics, and hydrodynamics, but he did not publish his findings and they had no direct influence on later science



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