Biblioteca Reale of Turin

The images of the Royal Library of Turin are now available via Bridgeman Images

The Royal Library of Turin is part of one of the largest museum complexes in Europe: the Royal Museums

Based in the heart of the old town, in terms of both dimension and quality of the collections, the library is equally as impressive as the major royal palaces in Europe. They have retained historic artifacts from Prehistory to the modern age.

    Studies of assault tanks with scythes, c.1485 (pen and brown ink with traces of metallic tip on paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

Their origins date back to 1563, when Emanuele Filiberto of Savoy transferred the capital of the duchy from Chambéry to Turin and began the enrichment of the dynastic collections. Between the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries the residence, with the Palazzo Reale in the centre, expanded. It was the home of the Savoy Royal family until 1946. Today it belongs to the Italian State.

The Royal Museum includes the Royal Palace, the Royal Armoury, the Royal Library, the Sabauda Gallery, the Museum of Antiquities and the Royal Gardens.

These extraordinary images of the work of Leonardo and his schools which follow come from the Royal Library.

The famous Birds Flight Code, donated by Teodoro Sabachnikoff to King Umberto I in 1893:

Birds Flight Code, c. 1505-06, paper manuscript, cc.
Left: 18, sheet 15 verso / Right: 18, sheet 7 verso
Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

     Nude, for the “Battle of Anghiari”:

    Nudi, for the “Battle of Anghiari” and other figure studies, c. 1505 (pen and brown ink, traces of charcoal on paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

Studies for the Equestrian Monument to Francesco Sforza and Trivulzio:

    Studies of the forelimbs of the horse, c. 1490 (metallic tip and whitewash on blue prepared paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

A file of the highest quality of the Virile head of a laurel-crowned profile, with the signature of Leonardo da Vinci:

Virile head of profile crowned with laurel, c. 1506-10 (blood with contours recrossed in pen on white paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

The extraordinary study for the angel of the Virgin of the Rocks, known as the Bust of a Maiden, the alleged portrait of Cecilia Gallerani:

Bust of a maiden, study for the “Virgin of the Rocks”, c. 1483-1485 (metal tip and white lacquer on prepared paper clear ochre), Vinci, Leonardo da (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

And - last but not least - the famous Portrait of an old man, considered Leonardo's Self Portrait, purchased by Carlo Alberto in 1839:

Self-portrait, c. 1515-16 (blood on white paper), Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images

 

Also part of this incredible collection is the study for the angel of the "Baptism of Christ" by Verrocchio:

Bust of a young man, study for the angel of the “Baptism of Christ” of Verrocchio, c. 1475 (metal tip, ochre watercolour and white ink on prepared paper light ochre), Andrea del Verrocchio (1435-88) (workshop of) / Biblioteca Reale, Turin, Piedmont, Italy / © Musei Reali di Torino / Bridgeman Images
 

The images of the Royal Library of Turin are now available for reproduction through Bridgeman Images.

 

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