Reading in Milan

The most fundamental documents for reconstructing Leonardo’s library are the lists of books compiled over the course of his life. In Milan in 1495, he listed the titles of approximately forty volumes, mostly literary texts and books on aspects of language.

Reading in Florence

By the end of 1503, in Florence, his library had grown to 116 titles, with a significant presence of books on philosophy, geometry, science, astronomy, cosmography, and medicine, often in Latin.