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:
- 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.
- Then click Browse text link on the other side of the screen (yes! Text links!)
- The thumbnails are gateways to each section, so it’s a lot more than meets the eye.
- 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.
- Now at the bottom of that window you’ll see another “Thumbnails” button, click that.
- NOW another G-D window pops up that shows 5 thumbs.
- Yet again click yet another button that reads “+5” – this will advance you 5 more thumbs.
- 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!