Just found this site that has digitally archived much of Leonardo da Vinci’s manuscripts called Leonardo Digitale.

The site suffers from Old-Person-in-Charge-of-Making-Website-for-New-Fangeled-Internet Syndrome™ – meaning it’s stupidly set up and takes a while to figure out how to use. So here’s some tips:

  1. If you’re not Italian then click the British Flag on the upper-right to get to the English version. Took me ten mins to find that alone.
  2. Then click Browse text link on the other side of the screen (yes! Text links!)
  3. The thumbnails are gateways to each section, so it’s a lot more than meets the eye.
  4. Click a thumb and then stretch the resulting window on the left to max viewing using the dragger on the lower-right of the window.
  5. Now at the bottom of that window you’ll see another “Thumbnails” button, click that.
  6. NOW another G-D window pops up that shows 5 thumbs.
  7. Yet again click yet another button that reads “+5” – this will advance you 5 more thumbs.
  8. Do NOT click the arrow buttons as they will take you to the end of that catalog.

Click any thumb to view and now you may finally zoom up to 200% and get a close up view of Da Vinci’s genius… And it’s all in Flash! Yay 1999!

Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci


Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci


Leonardo Da Vinci

Leonardo Da Vinci

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