Friday, February 02, 2007

Leonardo da Vinci Digitised Sketchbooks

Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Arundel and Codex Leicester have been brought together digitally for the first time since the dispersal of Leonardo's manuscripts in the sixteenth-century.
Codex Arundel, one of the British Library's greatest treasures, and Codex Leicester, owned by Bill Gates, are compilations of the notes, diagrams and sketches Leonardo made while investigating subjects ranging from mechanics and engineering to optics and the properties of the moon. They document the inquiring scientific spirit that underpinned his artistic achievements and include discoveries and lines of thought that were far ahead of their time.
The British Library's Turning the Pages technology now allows users to browse high resolution online versions of both texts, compare the volumes side-by-side in a 3-D workspace, magnify and rotate the pages and even reverse Leonardo's famous ‘mirror writing' so that it reads the right way around.

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