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The Leonardo Museum plays a central and vital role in scientific research and the publishing of essays and educational texts. On this page you will find a list of all the publications on sale in the bookshop operating at the ticket office of the museum.

  • Leonardo and the artes mechanicae
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    Leonardo da Vinci claimed that painting belonged to the culture of the “erudite”, to high scientific and humanistic culture, that is, to the liberal arts. But he also proudly affirmed for himself the higher dignity of the inventor, contrasting it with the figure of the rhetoricians and commentators of ancient texts, thus helping to shape a new intellectual consciousness, interwoven with the still uncertain formation of the knowledge and identity of the engineer.This volume sets out to grasp the historic significance of Leonardo’s work as a “mechanic”, reconstructing its involvement in certain dynamics—played out between the time of Piero della Francesca and the early Galilei —of the knowledge and practices of the mechanical arts. These are considered in their own right, especially within the sphere of activities, of great economic importance for the city, that the more refined Florentine humanism, like that of Poliziano, had classified among the “sordid” and “sedentary” arts: building sites, mills, factories.Within this long-term perspective, the book examines the changes wrought by Leonardo on the main body of knowledge of the technicians, the “practice of geometry”; his awareness of the need for a vernacular lexicon of technical knowledge, shared with Francesco di Giorgio Martini; the novelty of his studies of textile mechanics, not just in the context of the dichotomy between the liberal and mechanical arts, but also within the stratification of the latter; the sophisticated development of various representative conventions in technical drawing and the use of scale models, in connection both with drawing and with elements of theoretical mechanics in the designing of machines. Some new hypotheses are also presented regarding the functioning and use of the building-sitemachines designed by Brunelleschi for the construction of the cupola of Florence Cathedral.
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  • Leonardo's Optics from Alhazen and Kepler
    Catalogue of the Optics Room of the Museo Leonardiano at Vinci
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    The museum tour recapitulated in this catalogue looks more closely at an aspect of his science that is not so well known, but none the less evocative for that: optics - which in Leonardo's time was by no means the science we know today - with the teory of vision, and the experimental method. Vision, for Leonardo, was not only a matter of art - though who can forget his theory of colours, or for that matter the disorienting perspective of the Annunciation? - but primarly of science: science conducted by observation, experiment and invention.
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  • Navigare in Arno
    Acque, uomini e marmi tra Firenze e il mare in Età Moderna
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    The Arno was a veryimportant resource over the centuries. Navigable from Signa to Pisa almost up to the present age, the riverwas criss-crossed by men and merchandise contending with its bends andcaprices, currents and eddies, changes in level and sandbanks. With the ModernAge, men of science and engineers such as Leonardo, Tribolo and Buontalentibegan to consider the Arno differently, going beyond the specifities of theindividual situations in each area and starting to think of the river as justone system, as they sought new solutions to improve its navigability, to fightthe dangers of flooding and to keep the banks in a good state of repair, tobetter exploit the force of water to run mills and fulling-mills. The bookillustrates this lengthy process and provides a picture of the complex and fascinatingjourney, lavishly accompanied by documentary testimony and iconography, towardsthe discovery of a special relationship with the resource the riverrepresented.  


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  • Vinci di Leonardo
    History and memories
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    No book of this type and this size had been published on Vinci since Gustavo Uzielli’s studies in the late XIX Century. It offers a complete panorama on the heritage of Vinci. Leonardo is examined in the light of the weight of all the memories accumulated by history. in his home town; and along side it, the architectural and urban planning heritage, the ecclesiastical patrimony, the interaction between cultural heritage and natural and scenic heritage, the sense of landscapes as an asset in themselves, requiring protection and careful tending.
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  • Leonardo in Russia
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    La cultura russa, a partire dalla fine del XIX secolo, hasviluppato un intenso rapporto con l’eredità di Leonardo da Vinci. Alcuniepisodi, connessi soprattutto alla confluenza di opere di Leonardo e della suascuola nelle collezioni russe, sono più noti. Sono invece meno conosciute lacontinuità e la varietà di questo interesse per il genio di Vinci, che haattraversato momenti e contesti differenti della storia russa del Novecento. Dauna parte si è cercato in Leonardo il tramite di confronto tra l’identitànazionale del Rinascimento italiano nel suo significato universale. Per altriversi l’artista-architetto, tecnico e scienziato è stato oggetto di  studi storici e filologici, traduzioni ecommentari, entro una più ampia impresa di diffusione in Russia dellatrattatistica rinascimentale italiana da Alberti a Palladio. La vita e l’operaartistica di Leonardo sono state inoltre ripetutamente fonte di ispirazione peroriginali fioriture artistiche, dal romanzo storico, alla cinematografia  e alla musica. Il volume, con testi bilingueitaliano-russo, esplora e presenta alcuni passaggi rilevanti di questa vicenda.
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  • Cecco Bonanotte e il battesimo di Leonardo
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    According to tradition, Leonardo was christened in theRomanic Church of the Holy Cross in Vinci: atablet in serena stone records the event with the words that Leonardo’sgrandfather, Antonio da Vinci, wrote in one of his registers. In order toemphasise the spirituality of the baptism chapel, Cecco Bonanotte wascommissioned to make a sculptural cycle to decorate its four side niches and ceiling.In short essays and through photographs, this book tells the story of theconception and the creation of the bronze statues with which the artistrepresented the sacrament which is administered in the chapel. The side nicheshouse representations of events from the scriptures emblematic of the history ofSalvation: The Creation and Original sin,The Annunciation and The Baptism of Christ, The Last Supper, ThePassion, Death and the Resurrection, while directly above the font, thevault is dominated by The Apocalypse, agold crown full of human figures placed in one continuous ring. As a token toLeonardo’s genius, Cecco Bonanotte has created figures of modest proportions,which are light and evocative, and enhanced by the uniform sheen of preciousgold.

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  • Cecco Bonanotte. 1970-2010
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    Catalogue of the exhibition organized by the Leonardo Museumin the Conti Guidi Castle on the occasion of the inauguration of the sculptural cycle Battesimo di Leonardo (Leonardo’sbaptism) by the contemporary artist Cecco Bonanotte in the Church of the HolyCross in Vinci. The exhibition showed an ample anthological selection of thesculptor’s artistic journey between 1970 and 2010. In the two rooms of the Castle, around some larger works, an evocative sequence of “conversations”, “meetings”, “waiting” by a fine chiseller of the soul, for whom the thought Leonardo coined for his own drawings of human figures might have been forged: "motions of the body evoking motions of the mind”.
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  • Guide to the museums of the Empolese Valdelsa
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    Within the context of Tuscany, the Empolese Valdelsa is a particular area with its own identity; its peculiar development is reason to consider it as one of the "provinces" of the Region. Local and regional authorities have long been committed to the valorization of the historical and cultural heritage of this land, by working collaboratively to foster knowledge of the places - those known worldwide as well as those known only to specialists- but also of the different local sories, knowledges, and traditions. This accessible guide, therefore, is addressed to visitors, and introduces them to stimulating thematic itineraries that tell of this territory through its own heritage and vocations, stemming from art and archaeology, to science. The guide invites to shift one's focus  towards the characters that made the land popular in different fields, whose lives are celebrated by the museums of memory. The connection between past and present is not only due to such great figures of the Empolese Valdelsa, but also to those aspects concerning  the productive appeal of the area, its environment and its know-how, that have developed until today. It is thus clear that the different aspects that make up a local identity are all included in the range of museums present in the area. The preservation and valorization of such an old local cultural heritage maintain this identity with an eye to the future.
    Price:  € 12
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