Leonardo da Vinci: Codex Trivulzianus

Leonardo da Vinci: Codex Trivulzianus

Italy — 1487–1490

One of Leonardo's earliest works, in mirror writing of course: his plans for the Milan Cathedral and military installations, as well as a trick to improve his vocabulary

  1. Leonardo da Vinci's (1452–1519) intensive work with the Italian language and his architectural visions inter alia

  2. Originating from the years 1487–1490, this is one of Leonardo’s oldest known manuscripts

  3. Among the architectural designs, one finds da Vinci's plans for the completion of the Milan Cathedral

Leonardo da Vinci: Codex Trivulzianus

  1. Description
  2. Facsimile Editions (3)
Description
Leonardo da Vinci: Codex Trivulzianus

In the so-called Codex Trivulzianus, Leonardo da Vinci, the famous artists and universal genius of the Italian Renaissance, is made tangible in all his diversity. In the compendium of Leonardo’s written legacy, his intensive work with the Italian language and his architectural visions are recorded inter alia. Additionally, the codex contains a series of entertaining caricatures. Originating from the year 1487–1490, the Codex Trivulzianus is one of Leonardo’s oldest known manuscripts.

Codex Trivulzianus

Human physiognomy fascinated Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) throughout all of his work. Nonetheless, the famous universal genius not only concerned himself with it scientifically – such as in the famous studies of proportion – but could also take pleasure in the theme’s most entertaining aspects. In the Codex Trivulzianus at hand, one finds a complete series of these humorous caricatures, a series of imaginary portraits.

One of the Oldest Surviving Leonardo Manuscripts

The so-called Codex Trivulzianus is named after its modern repository, the Biblioteca Trivulziana del Castello Sforzesco in Milan. This codex takes a special place among the numerous artifacts of Leonardo da Vinci’s written legacy, it is one of the oldest known manuscripts from Leonardo da Vinci’s written estate, originating from the years 1487–1490. The aim of the National Edition of the Manuscripts and Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, to which the Codex Trivulzianus belongs, was to make these treasures available to a broad public.

Architecture, Engineering, and Linguistics

Alongside the caricatures already mentioned, the Codex Trivulzianus contains inter alia architectural studies and designs – above all on the occasion of a competition for the completion of the Milan Cathedral and for military architecture – and records of mechanical and physical experiments. The codex is additionally interesting as a linguistic treasure trove. Leonardo concentrated on the Italian language and its scientific and philosophical expressions. The terms predominantly originated from Latin and Leonardo relied thereby on popular works such as the writings of Roberto Valturius and Luigi Pulcis.

Codicology

Alternative Titles
Il Codice Trivulziano
Size / Format
110 pages / 20.5 × 14.0 cm
Origin
Italy
Date
1487–1490
Language
Artist / School

Available facsimile editions:
Codex Trivulzianus – ms. 2162 – Biblioteca Trivulziana del Castello Sforzesco (Milan, Italy)
Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980
Limited Edition: 998 copies

Il Codice Trivulziano
Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980
Limited Edition: 998 copies

Codex Trivulzianus by Leonardo da Vinci
Collezione Apocrifa Da Vinci – Ottaviano, 2018
Limited Edition: 499 copies
Facsimile Editions

#1 Il Codice Trivulziano

Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980

Publisher: Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980
Limited Edition: 998 copies
Binding: Printed on handmade paper and bound in Fabriano paper Presented with commentary volume in leather-covered case with gold embossing
Commentary: 1 volume (138 pages) by Anna Maria Brizio and Carlo Pedretti
Language: Italian
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
Price Category: €€ (1,000€ - 3,000€)
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#2 Il Codice Trivulziano

Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980

Publisher: Giunti Editore – Florence, 1980
Limited Edition: 998 copies
Binding: Printed on handmade paper and bound in Fabriano paper Presented with commentary volume in leather-covered case with gold embossing
Commentary: 1 volume (138 pages) by Anna Maria Brizio and Carlo Pedretti
Language: English
1 volume: Exact reproduction of the original document (extent, color and size) Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.

#3 Codex Trivulzianus by Leonardo da Vinci

Collezione Apocrifa Da Vinci – Ottaviano, 2018

Publisher: Collezione Apocrifa Da Vinci – Ottaviano, 2018
Limited Edition: 499 copies
Binding: Handbound in natural parchment
Commentary: 1 volume
Language: Italian
1 volume: This facsimile is not complete. Color facsimile, reproduced to 7/10s of the original size. Reproduction of the entire original document as detailed as possible (scope, format, colors). The binding may not correspond to the original or current document binding.
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