Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos (Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin, May 11–June 28

A message from Raphia Lina Zouaoui of the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science:

We would like to draw your attention to the exhibition Leonardo’s Intellectual Cosmos, which is on view at the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin from May 11 to June 28, 2021. The exhibition is organised by the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (MPIWG) along with the Museo Galileo and the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin; it offers a new look and new insights into Leonardo da Vinci, one of the most fascinating historical figures to date.
What works did Leonardo da Vinci read? What knowledge did he possess when he set out on his own studies? The recreation of his library and how it developed over the course of his life offers a new perspective, showing Leonardo as an intellectual who strove to see the connections between the microcosm and macrocosm in all aspects of nature and human existence. Since his own library is lost, the exhibition presents comparable contemporary works made available by various Berlin libraries. In addition to books, visitors can also see various objects that provide a unique insight into Leonardo’s working environment and the world in which he lived.
Further information about the event can be found here.
If you are currently not situated in Berlin, you’re welcome to participate in our online event series as well as look through the online exhibition.