Codex Atlanticus

by The Visual Agency S.r.l.

In occasion of the 500 years anniversary of Leonardo Da Vinci’s death, we from The Visual Agency - an information design agency specialized in data-visualisation and infographics based in Milan - have conceptualized, designed and developed an innovative instrument that enables users to independently elaborate on and discover the Codex Atlanticus in a way that has never been possible before.
The Codex Atlanticus is a collection of 1119 atlas sized pages of drawings and writings created by Leonardo Da Vinci during the ears between 1478 to 1519. The subject matters of the Codex cover a great variety of topics from geometry and war-machines to human science and architecture.

The bilingual website (Italian and English) offers a panoramic overview of the Codex Atlanticus combined with drill-down and analytical functions to explore this epic work in more detail. Rearranging and filtering the pages of the Codex uncover insights into Leonardo Da Vinci’s thought evolution and professional focus.

The visitors of can browse through the Codex starting from a panoramic overview organized by subject matter and year of creation of the pages. Selecting one particular subject matter or theme it is possible to filter and highlight pages of particular interest. Especially interesting is the possibility to reorganize the Codex’s pages according to their chronological order of creation. Choosing one specific page it is possible to see the front and back side of the page and to investigate further on specific arguments before moving on to pages of similar content.

The backbone of the entire project is the electronic database that has been created by The Visual Agency which is based on Augusto Marinoni’s work The Codex Atlanticus of Leonardo Da Vinci: Alphabetical index of subject matters. In this work the historian Marinoni catalogued the content of each page according to subject...


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Created by:

Design Director

Matteo Bonera

Design Company

The Visual Agency S.r.l.


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Design Team

Matteo Bonera - Creative director Sara Perozzi - UX/UI designer Federico Fracascio - Database editor Giulia Zerbini - Front-end developer Dani...


Individual Credits

Creative director: Matteo Bonera, The Visual Agency S.r.l.
UX/UI designer: Sara Perozzi , The Visual Agency S.r.l.
Database editor: Federico Fracascio, freelance