Da Vinci’s entire life as an artist and a scientist is documented in the Codex Atlanticus (Atlantic Codex), an extraordinary collection that has been preserved and turned into an exclusive exhibition in Milan. Dating from 1478 to 1519, the 12-volume set of drawings and writings by Da Vinci — his largest set — consists of some 1,119 sheets that covers a variety of subjects including mathematics, mechanics, astronomy, botany, weaponry and musical instruments.
The exhibition is displayed across two exclusive venues in Milan: the Bramante Sacristy in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie and the Biblioteca Ambrosiana. The latter is one of the world’s oldest libraries, open to the public for this exceptional occasion.
The sheets are displayed in different themes and rotated every three months, with the aim of creating an ideal tour of Da Vinci's most important works.
Choose from the following ticket options:
Inside the historic Biblioteca Ambrosiana is the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana art gallery, home to 22 drawings on display in the Federiciana Room. View some of the greatest masterpieces of all times, such as Portrait of a Musician by Da Vinci, The Basket of Fruit by Caravaggio, Cartoon for the School of Athens by Raphael, Adoration of the Magi by Titian, Madonna del Padiglione by Botticelli and the magnificent Vases of Flowers by Brueghel. Allow approximately 1.5 hours for this visit.
The Bramante Sacristy is located in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, and is considered by many to be a jewel of Renaissance architecture. The monumental complex of the sacristy, which also includes the cloister, is one of Milan’s most fascinating hidden corners, still very much unknown to the greater public.
Da Vinci's great masterpiece, The Last Supper, is also located in the convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie, but it is not part of the Codex Atlanticus collection and requires a separate entrance ticket.
Admire 22 original drawings on display in this exhibition. Allow approximately 30 - 45 minutes for this visit.
Visit both the Pinacoteca Ambrosiana and Bramante Sacristy for a full look at Da Vinci’s largest collection of artwork. Allow approximately three hours in total for these visits.