Collection Spotlight: Leonardo’s Sketches, on Da Vinci’s 559th Birthday

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was born 559 years ago today. What better day to profile the Renaissance man and spotlight our Leonardo’s Sketches Collection of writing journals?

An Unparalleled Body of Work

In a body of work that is perhaps unparalleled in history, Da Vinci’s sketches and copious notes allow us to peer into the mind of a genius. He was a consummate draftsman and sketch artist, and carefully recorded his world and the travels of his mind in mirror-image cursive. A man of unquenchable curiosity spanning an infinite spectrum, he was simultaneously taken with the concepts of grace and geometric structure of the universe.

Leonardo’s Sketches Collection

In his notes on water motion and the moon Da Vinci explores the intrinsic beauty of serpentine flow, valued artistically as the most graceful of figurative movements.

The covers of our Water Motion writing journal features Da Vinci’s scientific observations and theories on the motion of water, recorded in the Codex Leicester. The Codex Leicester, as outlined in Wikipedia, is “a collection of largely scientific writings” that provides “an exceptional illustration of the link between art and science and the creativity of the scientific process.

Our cover for the Sun & Moonlight journal features Da Vinci’s scientific observations and theories on the light of the moon relative to the radiance of the sun, recorded in the Codex Leicester.

This glimpse into one of history’s most celebrated minds reveals how Da Vinci shone a light on humanity’s potential for greatness.

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