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The Mysteries of the Codex Atlanticus. Leonardo at the Ambrosiana

To mark the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death, the Ambrosiana Library in Milan will showcase its holdings of Leonardo’s works, which are among the most important in the world, as well as of the artists in his circle, with four exhibitions with an outstanding scholarly profile.

The cycle, planned by the College of Fellows of the Ambrosiana Library and curated by the greatest experts on the Tuscan genius, is sponsored by the National Committee and the Territorial Committee for the celebrations of the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci. The official partner of the Ambrosiana Library is the Fondazione Fiera Milano, which will actively collaborate in both the cycle of initiatives devoted to the Leonardo celebrations and the valorisation of Raphael’s preparatory cartoon for the fresco of the School of Athens in the Vatican.

On the left, Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139r, Uomini al lavoro, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1480-1482 circa. Penna, inchiostro e carboncino nero, 196 × 255 mm
On the right, Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149r, Armi varie e balestra gigante
, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1485-1492 circa. Penna, inchiostro, carboncino nero e acquerello, 413 × 277 mm

2019
THE YEAR OF LEONARDO DA VINCI

The Leonardo year at the Ambrosiana opens on 18 December 2018 with an exhibition in two parts, each lasting three months, which will present a total of 46 sheets, chosen from among the most famous and important of the Codex Atlanticus, the true Leonardo treasure at the Ambrosiana, retracing the career of the artist almost from beginning to end, from his early years in Florentine until his last years in France in the service of Francis I.

In particular, the exhibition on “The Secrets of the Codex Atlanticus. Leonardo at the Ambrosiana”, curated by the College of Fellows of the Ambrosiana Library, will focus on those sheets that preserve the most fascinating drawings that Leonardo created with the artistic genius that is universally recognised as his hallmark.

<p>Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1097r, <em>Naviglio di San Cristoforo</em>, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1509. Penna, inchiostro e acquerello azzurro, 295 × 204 mm</p>

Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1097r, Naviglio di San Cristoforo, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1509. Penna, inchiostro e acquerello azzurro, 295 × 204 mm

The first part of the exhibition – from 18 December 2018 to 17 March 2019 – opens with Leonardo’s drawings specifically related to the city of Milan. they include the famous plan of the city, with a bird’s eye view of the centre of Milan, a study for the Canal of San Cristoforo, the project for the equestrian monument in honour of Duke Francesco Sforza and studies for the dome of the cathedral. The exhibition continues with some perspective studies and designs of an architectural-military character, as well as some sheets with very fine drawings of weapons of war (crossbows, slings and mortars), studies for the construction of mechanical wings intended for stage productions and the famous project known as “Leonardo car”.

On the left, Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812r (+ particolare del f. 114r), L’automobile di Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1478 circa. Penna e inchiostro, 169 × 270 mm
On the right, Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72r, Cavallo del Monumento Sforza, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), 1503-1504 circa. Punta di stilo, matita nera, penna e inchiostro, 487×340 mm

The second part – from 19 March to 16 June 2019 – will present some projects for siege engines, but will focus in particular on civil engineering studies: hydraulic devices, rope-making machines, machines for manufacturing textiles, for the production of mechanical instruments, tools such as punches and automatic spit-turning devices.

The Leonardian year at the Ambrosiana will then continue with the exhibition “Leonardo in France. Drawings in the Codex Atlanticus from the French period”, curated by Pietro C. Marani (18 June – 15 September 2019) and will end with the exhibition “Leonardo and his Legacy: Artists and Techniques” (17 September 2018 – 12 January 2020), curated by Benedetta Spadaccini and dedicated to the drawings made by Leonardo and the artists in his circle.

WHAT’S ON

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PINACOTECA

THE MYSTERIES OF THE CODEX ATLANTICUS

To mark the celebrations for the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death.

18/12/2018-17/03/2019
EXHIBITION
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ACCADEMIA

AFRICA IN THE WORLD, THE WORLD IN AFRICA

Classis Africana – V Dies Academicus

24-25/01/2019
DIES ACCADEMICO
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AMBROSIANA

BOOKINGS

The Ambrosiana has a new booking service for groups and guided tours!

18/12/2018
NEWS
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PINACOTECA

SCHOOL OF ATHEN

Restoration of the Raphael Cartoon is coming to an end.

27/10/2018
NEWS

ONLINE COLLECTION

(157 online artworks)

Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1608-1662)
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
Portrait of a Musician, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Man in Armour, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Armillary sphere, Giannello Torriani
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Orrery, Sconosciuto
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli detto il Morazzone (1571-1626)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Allegory of Fire, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Flowers in a Vase, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), Leone Leoni
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Two daggers with sheaths (eared sfondagiaco daggers), Armorari milanesi
Mouse with Roses, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
A Soul in Purgatory, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
llias picta, NA
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Mary Magdalene, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)