Leonardo da Vinci's Atlantic Codex goes on display in Milan

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MILAN – The entirety of Leonardo da Vinci's 1,119-page Atlantic Codex is going on public display for the first time, in a series of 24 exhibits spanning six years.

The first exhibit of 45 drawings, "Fortresses, Bastions and Cannons," opened Thursday at the Santa Maria delle Grazie church, which also holds Leonardo's "The Last Supper," and at the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, which has preserved the Codex since 1637.

The Atlantic Codex is "an extraordinary encyclopedia" of technical knowledge from the Renaissance, representing not only Leonardo's own creations but technology as it existed, according to Pietro Marani, a Leonardo expert.

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