El místico racionalista de Córdoba

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hoy en día la ciudad de Córdoba está llena de turistas que visitan los lugares asociados con su glorioso pasado: la Gran Mezquita, el antiguo Barrio Judío y las ruinas de Medina Azahara a pocos kilómetros al oeste. Se celebran muchas figuras ilustres de la ‘edad de oro’ de los Moros, desde el médico Ibn Zuhr hasta la poetisa Hafsa y el califa Abd al-Rahman III. Uno de los más notables, sin embargo, es el filósofo Averroes, que vivió en la capital andalusí en el siglo XII. Tal es su fama, que una calle, una universidad, un hotel e incluso una escuela de conducir llevan su nombre.

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View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks Online and Go Inside the Mind of a Genius

Thanks to the British Library, we can go inside the mind of a genius and peruse Leonardo Da Vinci’s notebooks. The first true Renaissance Man, Da Vinci not only painted the Mona Lisa, but was a master inventor who is sometimes credited with creating the parachute and helicopter. And, to top it all off, he wrote his notes backward, in mirror image from right to left.

Who wouldn’t want to understand more about what this master of painting, drawing, engineering, and mathematics was thinking? Now you can flip through 570 pages of his notebook The Codex Arundel. Works of art themselves, the pages date from 1480 to 1518, and are a fascinating glimpse into Da Vinci’s process. Interestingly, for a man so in tune with technology, the artist never attempted to publish his notebooks during his lifetime. Instead, they were left to his pupil Francesco Melzi and individual sheets have since been dispersed among wealthy collectors, many ending up in museum collections.

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