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

ENVISIONING AND REPRESENTING AFRICA

Accademia

ENVISIONING AND REPRESENTING AFRICA

On 10 and 11 February, the VI Dies Academicus of the Class of African Studies will be held in the Sala delle Accademie of the Biblioteca Ambrosiana

10/02/2023-11/02/2023
SECRET AMBROSIANA: CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Pinacoteca

SECRET AMBROSIANA: CURIOSITIES FROM THE COLLECTIONS

Rooms 2 and 3, the exhibition is the first in a series dedicated to showing us what is not normally displayed, for a wider enhancement of the Institution's heritage.

02/02/2023-02/05/2023
SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

San Sepolcro

SAN SEPOLCRO CRYPT OPEN DURING WEEKENDS UNTIL APRIL 2

Crypt of San Sepolcro open until April 2 2023, every Saturday and Sunday from 11.00 to 17.30 | last access 17.00

14/01/2023-02/04/2023
PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

Ambrosiana

PINACOTECA AMBROSIANA AND THE DUOMO TOGETHER FOR MILAN

The Veneranda Biblioteca Ambrosiana and the Veneranda Fabbrica del Duomo di Milano present a collaboration agreement that marks the beginning of a common path aimed at creating a network, for the enhancement of the heritage of faith and art that the two institutions have guarded for centuries.

28/10/2022
NEWS
JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL <br> SCHOOL OF LIGHT

Ambrosiana

JEWELS OF GIULIO MANFREDI CELEBRATE RAPHAEL
SCHOOL OF LIGHT

An art installation consisting of twenty-one drawings for twenty-one refined jewels, corresponding to twenty-one characters from Raphael's cartoon. Curated by Alberto Rocca and Arnaldo Colasanti.

16/09/2022-16/02/2023
Exhibition

ONLINE COLLECTION

(158 online artworks)

Portrait of Manfredo Settala, Daniele Crespi (1600-1630) attribuito a
The Kiss, NA
llias picta, NA
Portrait of a Young Man, Vittore Ghislandi detto Frà Galgario (1655-1743)
The Madonna of the Pavilion, Sandro Botticelli (Alessandro di Mariano Filipepi detto) (1444 o 1445-1510)
The Adoration of the Magi, Andrea Schiavone (1510-1563)
The Virgin of the Rocks, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 26 verso, NA
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Pietro Antonio Magatti (1691-1767)
Pietà (copy from Michelangelo), NA
Portrait of a Gentleman (Michel de l’Hospital), Giovan Battista Moroni (1520-1578)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 873 recto, NA
Display case with the hair of Lucrezia Borgia, Alfredo Ravasco
The Assumption of the Virgin, Giovanni Agostino da Lodi (1467-1524 circa)
Portrait of Emilia Morosini Zeltner, NA
Winter Landscape with Skaters, Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634)
Sacra Conversazione, Ambrogio da Fossano detto il Bergognone (1453-1523)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 4 recto, NA
Portrait of a Lady, Giovanni Ambrogio De Predis (1455-1508)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 72 recto, NA
The Adoration of the Magi, Pier Francesco Mazzucchelli also known as Morazzone (1571-1626)
The Madonna Nursing the Child by the Fountain, Bernaert van Orley (1488-1541)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 858 recto, NA
Portrait of Saint Charles Borromeo, Giovanni Ambrogio Figino (1548-1608)
Figured casket, Scultore lombardo
Allegory of Water, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Horse’s head (Copy from the equestrian monument to Marcus Aurelius on the Capitol in Rome), NA
The Adoration with Saint Roch, Gian Pietro Rizzoli detto Giampietrino (1508-1549)
Laocoon (copy of the Vatican original), Leone Leoni
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1 recto, NA
Saint John the Baptist, Gian Giacomo Caprotti
Portrait of a Pilgrim, Monogrammista HL (XVI secolo)
Portrait of Giovanni Battista Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
The Last Supper, Andrea Bianchi detto il Vespino (attivo 1612-1640)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 117 recto, NA
Still Life with Musical Instruments, Evaristo Baschenis (1617-1677)
The Magdalen and the Angel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
The Presentation of Christ in the Temple, Giandomenico Tiepolo (1727-1804)
The Madonna and Child with Saint John the Evangelist and Saint John the Baptist, Marco d’Oggiono (1470-1525)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1006 verso, NA
The Holy Family with Sain John, Tobias and the Archangel Raphael, Bonifacio Veronese (1487-1553)
Dantesque window, Giuseppe Bertini (1825-1898)
Susanna at her Bath, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
Moses and the Brazen Serpent, Cesare Ligari (1716-1770)
The Holy Family with Saint John the Baptist, Ubertini Francesco detto Bachiacca (1494-1557)
Portrait of Bernardino da Lesmo, Bartolomeo Veneto (1502-1530)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 71 recto, NA
De divina proportione, Luca Pacioli (1445 circa – 1517)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 812 recto, NA
The Madonna and Child with a Worshipper, Bernardino Betti detto il Pinturicchio (1454-1513)
Plato, Giovanni Antonio Piatti (1447-1480)
Portrait of Giuseppina Negroni Prati Morosini, Francesco Hayez (1791-1882)
Armillary sphere, NA
Daggers with sheath (eared sfondagiaco dagger), Milanese Gunsmiths
Apse of San Satiro and View of the Duomo, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 272 verso, NA
Washerwomen at the Canal, Emilio Gola (1851-1923)
Portico in Ruins, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Ambrosian Virgil of Francesco Petrarca, NA
Allegorical Female Figure, Giovanni Serodine (1600-1631)
Still Life with Fruit, Isaac Soreau (1604-1638)
Seascape, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Lesenes and trophies, Agostino Busti detto il Bambaia (1483-1548)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 21 recto, NA
Christ on the Way to Calvary, Giovanni Busi detto Cariani (1480-1547)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 851 recto, NA
Allegory of Fire, NA
The Annunciation, Gerolamo Mazzola Bedoli (1500-1569)
Head of Christ the Redeemer, Gian Giacomo Caprotti detto Salai (1480-1524)
Portrait of Peter Leopold of Habsburg-Lorraine (later Leopold II), Anton Raphael Mengs (1728-1779)
Portrait of Napoleon King of Italy, Andrea Appiani (1754-1817)
Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
The Rest on the Flight into Egypt, Jacopo da Ponte detto il Bassano (1510-1592)
Mouse with Roses, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 12 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 199 verso, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Christ Crowned with Thorns, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
The Wedding of Peleus and Thetis, Ambito di Francesco Albani (1578-1660)
The Holy Family, Carlo Francesco Nuvolone (1609-1661)
The Martyrdom of Saint Peter of Verona, Alessandro Bonvicino detto Moretto (1490-1554)
The Placing of Christ in the Sepulchre, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Diana the Huntress, Joachim Friess (XVI-XVII secolo)
Male portrait, Hans Muelich (1516-1573)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 307 verso, NA
Clock with astrolabe, Sconosciuto
Vase of Flowers with Jewel, Coins and Shells, Jan Brueghel il Vecchio “Dei Velluti” (1568-1625)
Original Sin, Jan II Brueghel il Giovane (1601-1678)
Landscape with Saint John the Baptist, Paul Bril (1554-1626)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 663 recto, NA
Nautilus shell, Sconosciuto
The Damned Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Libro d’Ore Borromeo, Cristoforo de Predis (1440-1486)
Kids and Lambs, Francesco Londonio (1723-1783)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 29 recto, NA
Locked out of school, Emilio Longoni (1859-1932)
Adoration of the Magi, Tiziano Vecellio (1480-1576)
Orrery, NA
Self Portrait, Antonio Canova (1757-1822)
The Triumph of David, Lucas Hugenszoon detto Luca di Leida (1494-1533)
Latin astrolabe, Anonymous
The Blessed Soul, Anonimo lombardo (XVII secolo)
Octagonal casket, Bottega degli Embriachi (XIV-XV secolo)
Jael and Sisera, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 5 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus) f. 710 recto, Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)
Mercury and Argus, Anonimo genovese (XVII secolo)
Portrait of a Young Man, Giorgione (Giorgio da Castelfranco copia da) (1478 circa-1510)
Saint Michael the Archangel, Giulio Cesare Procaccini (1574-1625)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 860 recto, NA
Cup with Turbo marmoratus shell, Christoph Lencker (1556 circa-1613)
View of the Interior of the Duomo, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 116 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 49 recto, NA
Codice Atlantico (Codex Atlanticus), f. 104 recto, NA
Man in Armour, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 719 recto, NA
Portrait of Alessandro Negroni Prati Morosini, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 845 recto, NA
Self Portrait, Bertel Thorvaldsen (1770-1844)
Noctes Atticae, Aulo Gellio
Flowers in a Vase, NA
Naturalis Historia, Plinio il Vecchio (23-79 dC)
The Adoration of the Magi, Maestro del Santo Sangue (XVI secolo)
Flowers and Roses, Gaetano Previati (1852-1920)
The Madonna and Child with Saint Peter and Saint Jerome, Cesare Magni (1511-1534)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 3 recto, NA
The Madonna Enthroned with Saint Ambrose and Saint Michael, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Crib, Federico Barocci o Baroccio detto il Fiori (1535-1612) (replica di)
Portrait of a Musician, NA
Portrait of Paolo Morigia, Fede Galizia (1578-1630)
Mary Magdalene, NA
A Soul in Purgatory, NA
Ceremonial saddle and stirrups. Detail of the wooden horse of Troy, Arte armaiola milanese
The infant Jesus with a Lamb, NA
The Dormition of the Virgin, Anonimo ferrarese (XV secolo)
The Arco della Pace in Milan, Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)
The Adoration, Bartolomeo Suardi detto il Bramantino (1465-1530)
Christ Resurrected, Marco Basaiti (1470-1530)
Maternity, Mosè Bianchi (1840-1904)
The Martyrdom of Saint Sebastian, Antonio Badile (1518-1560)
The Holy Family with Saints Anne and John, Bernardino Luini (1480-1532)
Portrait of a Young Girl with a Dove, Natale Schiavoni (1777-1858)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 455 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 139 recto, NA
The School of Athens, Raffaello Sanzio (1483-1520)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 149 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1069 recto, NA
Basket of fruit, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610)
Burse, Artista dell’Italia centrale
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 844 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 145 recto, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 33 recto, NA
Napoleon Bonaparte’s gloves, NA
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 909 verso, NA
Mary Magdalene Penitent, Guido Reni (1575-1642)
Atlantic Codex (Codex Atlanticus), f. 1058 verso, NA
Judith and Holofernes, Giuseppe Vermiglio (1585-1635)