See inside the mind of the artist through his extraordinary notebooks.

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, The British Library brings together highlights from three of his remarkable notebooks. Through pages of Leonardo’s handwritten notes, drawings and diagrams, explore the inner workings of his complex mind and his fascination with motion.

For the first time in the UK, this exhibition displays highlights from one of the British Library’s finest treasures, the Codex Arundel, alongside the Codex Forster from the V&A and a selection of sheets from the Codex Leicester. Widely considered to be one of Leonardo’s most important scientific notebooks, the Codex Leicester will be shown in this country for the first time since it was purchased by Bill Gates.

See Leonardo’s mirror handwriting up close and marvel at his detailed studies of natural phenomena which reveal how his observations of nature in motion directly informed his ability to portray human movement in the artistic masterpieces for which he is known today.

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