Over four centuries ago, well before the Wright Brothers actually flew an aircraft into the wild blue yonder using an engine and flight controls. Leonardo Da Vinci reviewed the details of his notes and sketches on birds in flight seeking to discover how man could possibly fly.
Occupying the same space as the Wilbur Wright “1903 Flyer,” The Codex exhibition will be exclusively held in The Wright Brothers (and) The Invention of the Aerial Age Gallery on view Sept. 13, 2013 – Oct. 22, 2013.
“Bringing Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex to Washington in 2013, as we celebrate the Year of Italian Culture and 50 years of collaboration in space between Italy and America, means hosting a dialogue between the Renaissance and modernity, tradition and innovation,” said Claudio Bisogniero, the Italian Ambassador to the United States.
“There is no better place than the National Air and Space Museum to house this incomparable work dedicated to flight and to appreciate Leonardo’s scientific genius.”
The Codex (notebook) had research on bird flight and behavior illustrated by sketches, used descriptions of applied physics used in his mechanical devices. The most astonishing drawing of a flying machine is similar to a modern-day helicopter using principles of physics, not discovered until centuries later.
This once-in-a-lifetime experience is an opportunity to be able to see and almost touch the actual writings from the hand of Leonardo Da Vinci found in the “The Codex” exhibition at the Smithsonian Air & Space Museum on loan from the Biblioteca Reale, in Turin, Italy, which is rarely shown outside of Italy.
For security and protection of this very fragile and priceless document, “The Codex exhibition” has on view a single folio (page); therefore, 4 interactive computer stations nearby offering a view of each page with side-by-side English translation containing 18 pen and brown-ink folios for your viewing pleasure.
The 2013 - Year of Italian Culture U.S.A, is a project held under the auspices of the President of the Italian Republic, organized by the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Embassy of Italy in Washington, DC and supported by the Corporate Ambassadors, Eni, and Intesa Sanpaolo.
The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum with the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Italian Cultural Heritage and Activities; and with much appreciation for the support from the Bracco Foundation, Finmeccanica, and Tenaris in organizing this exhibition.