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 England, the

Codex Arundel

in the British Library, the

Codices Forster

in theā€¦

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Citation: Vecce, Carlo. "Leonardo da Vinci". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 25 July 2010 [, accessed 16 July 2024.]

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