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Renaissance Books in the libraries of Leonardo da Vinci and Thomas Coke

Thursdays 1st August and 12th September, 12.30pm, 1.30pm, 2.30pm & 3.30pm

As part of our commemoration of the 500 year anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death and our Codex Leicester display, join Holkham’s manuscript curator Dr Laura Nuvoloni for a rare opportunity to see, first-hand, a selection of important books and manuscripts from Holkham’s incredible collection, founded by Thomas Coke 1st Earl of Leicester.

Leonardo da Vinci was the archetypal Renaissance Man, a pioneering scientist, gifted artist and original engineer.Two hundred years later Thomas Coke also followed the path of knowledge set out by the Italian Renaissance.

A committed collector and patron of the arts, Thomas Coke showed his sophisticated classical education in the building of Holkham Hall to house his precious collections. His library, rich in rare books and manuscripts, is perhaps the most important component in this plan, allowing him to display his interest in numerous subjects, including history, maths, science and poetry.

A number of books and manuscripts collected by Thomas are copies of works known to have been owned by Leonardo himself; other works were directly inspired by the great man. Join Laura, who will show you books and manuscripts exploring the commonality of interests between a giant of the Renaissance world and an extraordinary 18th century collector

Tickets - included in standard admission. This is a drop in event, no need to book just come along.

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A chance to see some manuscripts and books inspired by Leonardo da Vinci