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Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds

September 12, 2013

One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for 40 days this fall, from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22. The extraordinary document, created ca. 1505, shows da Vinci’s interest in human flight by exploring bird flight and behavior.

 

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One of Italy’s greatest treasures, Leonardo da Vinci’s “Codex on the Flight of Birds,” will be exhibited at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C., for 40 days this fall, from Sept. 13 until Oct. 22. The extraordinary document, created ca.

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Biography Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519)

Leonardo da Vinci was born on April 15, 1452, in Vinci, a town about 25 miles west of Florence, Italy. He was the illegitimate son of Messer Piero Fruosino di Antonio da Vinci, a wealthy notary, and Caterina, a peasant. Da Vinci had no surname in today’s sense, da Vinci simply meaning of Vinci.

History of “Leonardo da Vinci’s Codex on the Flight of Birds”

The death of Leonardo da Vinci in 1519 was the beginning of an odyssey that would bring the “Codex on the Flight of Birds” to the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, Italy, more than four centuries later.

National Air and Space Museum

Director: Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, USMC (Ret.)
Total Full-Time Employees: 285
Annual Budget (federal and trust) FY 2014: $26.7 million
Approximate Number of Artifacts/Specimens: 63,000

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John Dailey

Director, National Air and Space Museum

Gen. J.R. “Jack” Dailey, a retired U.S. Marine Corps four star general and pilot, assumed the duties of director of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum in January 2000.

John Dailey

John R. (Jack) Dailey

John Dailey

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

General John R. Dailey, Director of the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

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