Milano: Cracking the Code

Posted on April 13, 2006



by zoomata via wired news 

Nicole Martinelli reports on one of Da Vinci’s oldest notebook seeing the (public) light again, as curators rush to take advantage of a renewed interest in all things Da Vinci. At 500 plus years and 55 pages, the notebook of sketches and writings has spent these past ten years ensconced in a library of the Sforzesco castle – and will be shown only for a limited time:

Ever since the 2003 publication of Brown’s best seller, tourists have flocked to the city to gaze at Da Vinci’s painting of The Last Supper and see for themselves whether the figure depicted in the painting sitting just to the right of Jesus is Mary Magdalene or an effeminate apostle John.

Once a series of 62 unbound pages, the Codex Trivulzianus dates from Da Vinci’s first stay in Milan between 1487 and 1490. Some of the pages were lost for a time; once found, they were numbered and bound. What you’ll see at the exhibit depends on the curator’s choice of the week.

Read the full article at Wired News 

The exhibition runs through May 21.