Da Vincis Codex Atlanticus being damaged by mould

December 23rd, 2007 - 6:22 pm ICT by admin  

London, Dec 23 (ANI): Leonardo Da Vincis Codex Atlanticus, the largest collection of drawings and writings by the Renaissance master, is being damaged by mould due to lack of restoration funds, according to an American scholar.

Many of the 1200 sheets in the codex, which are kept at the Ambrosian Library in Milan and bound in 12 volumes, have been stained and damaged by mould.

Carmen Bambach, an American scholar from the Metropolitan Museum in New York, discovered the damage.

Bambach said that there were a large number of stains and swellings in the paper of the codex, reports Times Online.

After discovering, she raised the alarm by informing Monsignor Gianfranco Ravasi, then the head of the Ambrosian Library, now head of the pontifical Council for Culture at the Vatican.

Restorers were called in from the Opificio delle Pietre Dure, the state conservation institute in Florence.

However, since there was no funding available, four Florence restorers, including Garbriele Coccolini, Cecilia Frosinini, Letizia Montalbano and Roberto Boddi, travelled to Milan at their own expense.

Frosinini said that they had carried out minimum emergency restoration to try to limit the damage and prevent it getting worse.

Boddi, a climatologist, said that the problem had arisen partly because the volumes were consulted by visiting scholars and exposed to the atmosphere and humidity.

Various types of mould, in colours ranging from black to red and purple, were identified on the drawings, which include sketches for some of Leonardo’s most ingenious inventions. They date from 1478 to 1519. (ANI)

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