In 1994, Bill Gates bought a rare set of Leonardo da Vinci’s scientific writings, the Codex Leicester, for nearly 31 million dollars from the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles at Christie’s New York. Now Gates is lending da Vinci’s work to the Uffizi galleries for an exhibition in Florence in 2018 in anticipation of the 500th anniversary of da Vinci’s death. The manuscript, which belonged for centuries to the descendants of the first Earl of Leicester, was compiled between 1504 and 1508.
Besides the physical manuscript, digital screens will allow visitors to flip through the pages and access transcriptions and interpretations of the texts—written in Leonardo’s characteristic back-to-front mirrored style. There will also be drawings from the same period on loan from Italian and international museum collections.
The manuscript drew more than 400,000 visitors when it was shown as the Hammer Codex at the city’s Palazzo Vecchio in 1982, named after its then owner, the US petroleum magnate Armand Hammer.
sources: uffizi, theartnewspaper