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Durham University

Institute of Advanced Study

Past Events

IAS Fellow's Seminar -The Library of Leonardo da Vinci: outlines of a project

23rd November 2015, 13:00 to 14:00, IAS Seminar Room, Palace Green, Professor Carlo Vecce (Instituto Universitario Orientale, Italy)

The aim of this seminar is to discuss the outlines of a project on the library of Leonardo da Vinci. In spite of Leonardo’s universal fame, not many scholars have worked on the sources of his cultural background, also because of the great difficulty of reading and interpretating his manuscripts. What is amazing, is that we have two autograph lists of books, extraordinary documents of the books actually owned by Leonardo. The first, list A (Codex Atlanticus f. 559r), was written by Leonardo in his last years in Milan at the service of the Duke Ludovico Sforza (ca. 1495, the same years of Last Supper), and presents 40 items. The second, list B (Codex Madrid II ff. 2v-3v), was written during the second stay in Florence, at the service of Signoria (ca. 1503, when Leonardo began to work to masterpieces as The Battle of Anghiari and Mona Lisa), and presents 116 items (30 of them already appear in list A). Totally the two lists A and B number 126 items, a sum that is to be increased by many other quotations and references through Leonardo’s manuscripts, up to the approximate number of 200 items.

Fellows' seminars take place on Monday lunchtimes in the seminar room at Cosin's Hall.

Places are limited and so any academic colleagues interested in attending a seminar should contact the Institute in advance to reserve a place.

The aim of these seminars is to develop new thinking on the big issues that are of current concern/interest for the Fellows . Each Fellow is asked to present a core idea that informs their current work, or a problem that they are tackling, that could benefit from cross-disciplinary thinking. These seminars are informal and designed to encourage discussion.

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