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My immediate reaction on viewing selected folios from the VM was that the script closely resembled the handwriting of Leonardo da Vinci, an observation also noted by the son of Robert S. Brumbaugh, Southern Illinois University Pressp This and other factors led me to formulate the hypothesis that the VM was written by a young Leonardo da Vinci.
Over the following years I wrote a number of articles supporting this hypothesis. Recently, I received an email from Tania Ocampo, who wrote that she considered that Leonardo and the author of the VM have very similar handwriting. This is the reason I am writing this article.
The VM is written from left to right and from top to bottom by an individual writing with their right hand. It is very well known that Leonardo was left handed.
His notebooks were written from right to left using mirror image script.
These books were private, written for his eyes only. He wrote in a conventional manner, from left to right, when he wished to communicate with other people. Left-handed people were called southpaws and accused of practicing witchcraft.
The Devil himself was considered to be a leftie. People writing from left to right, when using their left hand, tend to smudge the ink as their hand moves across the page. Left-handed children were forced to write with their right hand, a practice that continued until the beginning of the 20th century.
Leonardo would have been taught to write with his right hand and probably only rebelled against this convention when he became an adult.
If Leonardo is to be accepted as the author of the VM, a comparison of his handwriting with the VM script is desirable. A comparison of the two scripts must be judged, taking into account the following observations: The VM uses a unique alphabet with over 30 different symbols, most of them unlike any other alphabet.
The earliest known example of his script is fromwhen he was 21 years old. It was decorated with exaggerated curlicues and flourishes, similar to the embellishments found in the VM script.Take a look at the sample of Da Vinci’s handwriting below.
The first thing you’ll notice is that it is done in mirror writing. In fact, if you hold the handwriting sample in front of a mirror you will see that the letters instantly become more recognizable.
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Luxurious replicas of two notebooks by 15 th Century Italian artist, mathematician, inventor and writer Leonardo da Vinci are available to examine in the WVU Libraries Rare Book Room. Leonardo wrote in Italian and using mirrored writing, writing backwards from right to left and illustrating with drawings.
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Jan 09, · Interesting Facts about Leonardo Da Vinci's Journals. Updated on October 1, Gabriela Hdez. It is believed that he produced at least 50 notebooks. Leonardo da Vinci’s journals are also called notebooks, manuscripts, codex This is called mirror writing because you can read the text reflected in a mirror as if it was Reviews: