International conference

Decoding Leonardo's Codices

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz in collaboration with the Museo Galileo, supported by the "Comitato Nazionale per la celebrazione dei 500 anni dalla morte di Leonardo da Vinci", organized by Alessandro Nova and Paolo Galluzzi

Folio 878v of the Codex Atlanticus reassembled with fragments removed by Pompeo Leoni, now in the Royal Collection at Windsor

The aim of this international conference is to evaluate the current state of research regarding how Leonardo's manuscripts were compiled, and the complexity of their dispersion after the artist's death. Furthermore, the conference will investigate the pioneering initiatives starting in the last decades of the 19th century for facsimile reproduction and text transcription of Leonardo's codices and loose sheets thanks to the rapid evolution of printing techniques: photography, lithography, heliophotography. Finally, the conference will discuss how to make use of new digital methods for publishing and disseminating through the internet the indispensable resources for the responsible use of Da Vinci's manuscripts such as bibliographic resources, watermark archives, glossaries, lexica, indices of names, chronologies, etc.


in cooperation with
supported by

10 October 2019

Teatro Niccolini

Via Ricasoli 3
50122 Firenze

11 – 12 October 2019

Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz

Palazzo Grifoni Budini Gattai
Via dei Servi 51
50122 Firenze


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