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Resources for Leonardo Scholarship

Charlotte Ashlock Posted by Charlotte Ashlock, Executive Editor, Berrett-Koehler Publishers Inc.

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Resources for Leonardo Scholarship

Here are some resources for Leonardo scholarship reccomended by Fritjof Capra, author of Learning from Leonardo, The Science of Leonardo, and many other books including the best-selling Tao of Physics.

Leo E-Desk

Visit Italian Version

Visit English Version (note: the translation is incomplete. If necessary, Google Chrome browser can translate for you .)

This digital archive was created by the Biblioteca Leonardiana in Vinci, which owns a complete collection of Leonardo's manuscripts in facsimile editions. The archive offers a unique opportunity to view Leonardo's notebooks (original text and Italian transcription) in high resolution, plus a number of search functions (index of drawings, glossary, search for words in the manuscripts, etc.).

You can press "Browse," then pick one of Leonardo's Codices in the right navigation bar. Then you can flip through the codex using the back and forward buttons, and zoom in on any detail or drawing that interests you. Whether you're just hunting for visuals or actually have the skills to read backwards Italian handwriting, this is a wonderful and reliable primary source.

Universal Leonardo

This website , created by the renowned Leonardo scholar Martin Kemp at Oxford University, presents a series of linked European exhibitions dedicated to showing the extraordinary diversity of Leonardo da Vinci's work. Additional web content includes a bibliography and an interactive Life & Times chronology of Leonardo.

>> In the "Explore" section of the website, you can learn more about Leonardo's scientific achievements

>> They also have a great online collection of paintings , where you can see all his classic works.

>> A collection of online Leonardo-themed games is another delightful part of the website. This game lets you design your own mythical creature in Leonardo's drawing style.



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