The Madrid Codices of Leonardo Da Vinci (Vol. I) | Leonardo da Vinci 1452-1519
The Madrid Codices of Leonardo Da Vinci (Vol. I)
The Madrid I and II codices, in the characteristic Leonardo-style inverted "mirror" script, are emblematic works belonging to the collection of manuscripts of the Biblioteca Nacional. They are two paper notebooks, different from each other in terms of content and time period, but the same in size, binding and origin. To their exceptional artistic and documentary value we should add that they constitute the only work existing in our country that can be undoubtedly be attributed to Leonardo. In both codices, dated between 1491 and 1505, the innumerable ink drawings and sketches are impressive, some mere outlines and others highly detailed. Firstly he drew and then he added the explanatory texts in the spaces left by the list of the one hundred and sixteen books that it contained. The last notebook of Codex II is a manual on the revolutionary foundry system for the immense Sforza horse.