Ambrosiana

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

Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.<br>The artists and the techniques

Pinacoteca

Leonardo da Vinci and his legacy.
The artists and the techniques

The exhibition reveals the profound resonance that Leonardo's teaching in the field of design had on his students, his followers and the Lombard artists of the time.

17/09/2019-12/01/2020
Exhibition
Intorno a un'epigrafe 2019

Biblioteca

Intorno a un'epigrafe 2019

Presentations of ancient Roman epigraphs from the Ambrosiana collections.

30/05/2019-26/09/2019
Presentation

ONLINE COLLECTION

(157 online artworks)

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