"MILAN, Italy — The Codex Trivulzianus, one of Leonardo Da Vinci’s oldest
notebooks, is out from under lock and key, offering the world a rare look into
the mind of a genius.
Normally hidden away in a library at Sforzesco Castle and reserved for
scholars’ eyes, the 55-page collection of sketches and writings is on public
display for the first time in nearly a decade. It includes character studies,
drawings of church domes and military machines, and even a self-improvement
is actually quite small. It measures 8 inches by 5.5 inches — about the size of
an average paperback — and looks every bit its 519 years old.
The ongoing success of Dan Brown’s powerhouse potboiler The Da Vinci
Code (a movie based on the novel is scheduled for release later this year) may
have helped convince Milan to break out the slim volume.
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The Real Da Vinci Code
By Nicole Martinelli