About the exhibition
Celebrations marking the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death at the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana began in December 2018 with the first of four exhibitions exploring various aspects of Leonardo’s art, including the different drawing techniques that the artist introduced in Milan, his engineering, architectural and scientific studies and his artistic activity during the years that he spent in France. Although the focal point of the exhibitions is the Codex Atlanticus, the most important and complete collection of manuscripts in the world, featuring an amazing collection of 1,119 autograph sheets illustrated with 1,750 drawings, for reasons of preservation each exhibition presents a different set of sheets.
What’s on display
The second exhibition features 23 of the most important and famous sheets detailing projects for war machines and studies on civil engineering. In particular, the latter include hydraulic devices, machines for making ropes, manufacturing textiles and producing mechanical tools like punches and automatic spit-roasters.