Leonardo’s doodle pad!

As I have a dreadful memory for things, I have a plethora of notepads around me at all times to scribble and sketch ideas down on. Now, I’m not placing myself into the illustrious company of the grand master himself, Leonardo Da Vinci, but I do understand the need for notepads (good old moleskins!). Well, imagine this…seeing Leonardo Da Vinci’s own notepad!


Now THIS is a book to truly cherish! Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebook, the ‘Codex Forster I’ (1487-1505).

Who wouldn’t want a glimpse into the mind and internal machinations of one the greatest geniuses to have ever lived?

Leonardo Da Vinci, one my favourite artists of all time, whose sheer ingenuity and skill as a draftsman, in my opinion, has just never been matched, was also a prolific writer and doodler in his time. Any ideas for paintings, inventions etc, any mathematical mechanics he had to work out, any information he needed for research – he meticulously wrote down, often accompanied with a sketch.

What an object of beauty and wonder?!

Well, having had the extraordinary honour of seeing some of these precious items for myself, in the V&A Musuem in London some years ago, they are now ‘on tour’ travelling around the world and the lucky people of Atlanta, Georgia, will now have the opportunity to view them!

A HUGE thank you to Beattie’s Book Blog – unofficial homepage of the New Zealand Book Community, for this. 😀


18 thoughts on “Leonardo’s doodle pad!

  1. What a treat to read about this “doodle pad.” I have always admired Da Vinci for his amazing mind and wouldn’t he be fascinated with all the marvelous gadgets and machines we have these days?

  2. Thoughts of a genius. Got to be worth a look. Are they online?

    • Lol! Not sure if they’ve scanned the pages. I was lucky enough to see a load of Leonardo’s things in the V&A, which kind of became my home away from home when I was living in London. 🙂

  3. Kate Jack says:

    Absolutely fascinating, Sophie. Imagine being able to see, almost firsthand, into the mind of such a man. 😀

    • Yes, SUCH an interesting character. Must say, if I ever had a ‘fantasy dinner guest’, Leonardo would definitely be on the guest list! Truley deserving of the name genius. 🙂

  4. Always a favorite of mine as well, would love to see the collection, Atlanta is only hours away. 😉

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  6. Subhan Zein says:

    Nice post! 🙂
    Subhan Zein

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