The British Library in London is making plans to showcase a number of Leonardo da Vinci’s most important record books, all written in his famous “mirror-writing.”
The exhibition dubbed “Leonardo da Vinci: A Mind in Motion” exhibit will include notes and drawings from three of his most revered scientific and artistic record books, the Codex Arundel, the Codex Forster and the Codex Leicester.
The British Library explained in a statement that, “These remarkable pages, written in Leonardo’s distinctive mirror writing, illustrate how his detailed studies of natural phenomena – and in particular of water – influenced his work both as an artist and an inventor,”
In addition to using his own unique shorthand, da Vinci’s personal notes were also written beginning on the right-hand side of the page to the left. It is not clear whether Da Vinci’s mirror writing was a way to keep his notes private or simply a means to prevent smudging, as da Vinci himself was left-handed.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates had bought the Codex Leicester, for $31 million in 1994. The Codex which is a 72-page collection of notes, is widely considered to be one of Leonardo’s most important scientific record books, according to the British Library.
The British Library exhibition, scheduled for next year, will mark the 500th anniversary of the Renaissance master’s death.
The library announced Tuesday that it will mark the first time selections from the three and will be displayed together in Britain. The Codex Leicester is also being shown in the U.K. for the first time since its purchase by Gates.
Andrea Clarke, a curator said da Vinci’s notebooks “show him to be an extraordinarily dynamic thinker who was able to make connections between multiple phenomena and disciplines.”
The da Vinci exhibit is scheduled to run from June until September.
Over the centuries, Da Vinci has always been a source of fascination. Experts in Italy announced they had found the earliest surviving work by da Vinci early this year. The small glazed terracotta tile, described as a self-portrait of the artist as the Archangel Gabriel, was unveiled at a press conference in Rome.
However, noted Leonardo expert Martin Kemp, professor emeritus of the history of art at the University of Oxford questioned the tile’s authenticity.
Since the historic revelation, there has even been some heated debate about the authenticity of Da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting, which sold for a record $450.3 million last year.
The sale of the painting at Christie’s auction house in New York further made headlines around the world. “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by da Vinci known to exist and the only one in private hands.