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Leonardo Da Vinci goes to Washington

Twelve Leonardo da Vinci drawings never seen in the U.S. to be exhibited at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in downtown Washington.

The DC Public Library is proud to host Imagining the future – Leonardo da Vinci: In the mind of an Italian genius an extraordinary monographic exhibit featuring 12 original Leonardo da Vinci drawings from the Codex Atlanticus. This Codex is the largest collection of original drawings and texts by Leonardo da Vinci in the world, and this marks the first time that such a number will be on display in the United States.

The exhibit is presented by Confindustria, the largest association representing manufacturing and service companies in Italy; in partnership with Biblioteca Ambrosiana of Milan, a true Italian treasure trove comprising a public library, an art gallery, and an academy; and under the patronage of the Embassy of Italy in Washington D.C. and the Italian Cultural Institute of Washington D.C. Supported by contributions from some of the most esteemed Italian companies, the exhibition represents an initiative of the highest artistic and symbolic value: an unconventional way to promote entrepreneurial spirit as a way of encouraging economic, social, and civic development.

Visitors will be able to gain insight into the varied interests of one of history’s greatest artists and thinkers, discovering the origins of technologies we often take for granted, and marveling at the remarkable mind that anticipated them centuries ago. Visitors will uncover how Leonardo’s philosophy, based on observation and experimentation, still embodies an Italian entrepreneurial approach.

Leonardo Da Vinci: The Last Supper

The subject of the Last Supper is probably one of the most depicted of all times. leonardo DaVinci’s was not the very first one but for sure he put his particular attitude in it. While the most of the paintings and frescos that portrayed these last moments of Christ’s life were concentrated on describing the moment in which Christ broke the bread, Leonardo decided to take the people’s attention a few minutes after that.

The Last Super by Leonardo DaVinci allows the viewer to see what happened when Jesus announced the betrayal of Judas Iscariot:

“Truly I tell you, one of you will betray me—one who is eating with me.”

(Mark, 14 – 16)

The Codex Atlanticus

The Codex Atlanticus is a collection of more than 1,200 pages across 12 volumes, containing Leonardo’s notes, drawings, and diagrams from 1478 to 1519. The codex covers a range of subjects, including flight, weaponry, mathematics and botany, and its content has found applications in fields such as engineering and design.

*Cover Picture by Eric Terrade as available on

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