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North Carolina Museum of Art: EXHIBITION: Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Leicester and the Power of Observation

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( Sat., Oct. 31, 2015 - Sun., Jan. 17, 2016 )

North Carolina Museum of Art, 2110 Blue Ridge Road, Raleigh, NC 27607-6407


The Codex Leicester, a 500-year-old notebook from inventor, scientist, and artist Leonardo da Vinci, is composed of 36 folios, each written on the front and back and illustrated with sketches of the topics Leonardo is discussing. It is the only manuscript by da Vinci in North America. The notes, written in his distinctive “mirror writing,” provide a glimpse into the artist’s scientific mind, revealing his intellectual curiosity and observations on nature. The Codex Leicester focuses on his thoughts and beliefs about water, astronomy, light, and mechanics.

An interactive display will allow visitors to explore a translation of the text on computer screens. Additionally, modern and contemporary works that complement the themes and ideas revealed in the Codex Leicester will be on view.


This exhibition may be viewed in East Building, Level B, Gallery 2.

Holiday hours:

Thursday, December 24 & Friday, December 25: Closed

Thursday, December 31: Open 10 am−5 pm

Friday, January 1: Open 10 am−9 pm


$ - Ticketed Exhibition

More information

(919) 839-6262


  • Saturday, October 31, 2015 - Sunday, January 17, 2016