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Amboise c. 1517

By now elderly, Leonardo moves to France upon the invitation of King Francis I. The princely residence in Clos-Lucé would also be the last home of his masterpieces, his studio tools and materials, his manuscripts, and the books in his library. Ever at his side, the faithful Melzi assists the master in the transcription of texts, takes dictation, and collects instructions on future book projects. On October 10th, Leonardo receives a visit from Cardinal Luigi d’Aragona, to whom he shows Sant’Anna, Monna Lisa, San Giovanni, and his manuscripts, especially those on anatomy, and expresses the wish that they be published. But too little time now remains. He dictates his last will and testament on April 23, 1519, leaving to Melzi, “each and every book. . . and other instruments and portraits on the art and industry of painters”. Leonardo dies a few days later, on May 2, 1519.

THE EVOLUTION OF LEONARDO'S LIBRARY (Amboise c. 1517)

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Leonardo's books - Alchemy, Astrology and Magic

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Leonardo's books - Architecture

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Leonardo's books - Military Arts

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Leonardo's books - Figurative Arts

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Leonardo's books - Astronomy

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Leonardo's books - Philosophy

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Leonardo's books - Grammar, Linguistics and Rhetoric

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Leonardo's books - Mathematics

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Leonardo's books - Medicine

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Leonardo's books - Optics, Theories of Light and Vision

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Leonardo's books - History

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Leonardo's books - Veterinary

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Leonardo's books - Agronomy

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Leonardo's books - Psychology

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Leonardo's books - Physiognomy