Although Leonardo da Vinci is surely one of the most renowned personages in the history of human civilization, his fame is mostly that of an artist (the painter of the Monna Lisa), or of an inventor or scientist (considered as the prodigious forerunner of modern technological progress). The appreciation of Leonardo the scientist was made possible by the rediscovery and publication of his manuscripts during the nineteenth and twentieth centuries: almost twenty have survived, today spread all over the world (in Italy, the Codex Atlanticus in the Ambrosiana Library of Milan and the Codex on the Flight of Birds in the Royal Library in Turin; in France, the twelve manuscripts at the Institut de France in Paris; in …
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Vecce, Carlo. "Leonardo da Vinci". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 July 2010
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