Leonardo's Intellectual Cosmos

Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin

About the Exhibition

Which works did Leonardo read? What knowledge did he possess when he embarked on his own studies? The reconstruction of his library and of how it developed throughout his life offers a new perspective that shows Leonardo as a man of letters–as an intellectual striving to find the connections between microcosm and macrocosm in all aspects of nature, as well as of human existence. Since his own books have unfortunately been lost over time, the exhibition presents comparable contemporary works made available by various Berlin libraries. In addition to these books, objects that provide unique insight into Leonardo's working environment and the world in which he lived are shown.

You can also learn about the exhibition through a variety of multimedia sources including virtual exhibitions, feature articles, and online resources on the Exhibition Page

Opening Times

  • Tue–Wed: 11:00–19:00
  • Thurs: 11:00–21:00
  • Fri: 11:00–16:00
  • Sat: 11:00–19:00         

Closed on Mon, Sun, and public holidays

Online Vernissage: May 10, 2021

Finissage: June 28, 2021

Please book your visit here 

Covid-19 Regulations

According to the current federal regulations, the seven-day incidence needs to remain below 100 for five consecutive working days before an opening of the exhibition can be decided upon. We will keep you informed about the opening and access possibilities here on a daily basis. Visits are subject to visiting regulations by the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin. They include preregistration of visits via the website of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin:



Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin Dietrich-Bonhoeffer Saal Potsdamer Straße 33, 10785 Berlin + wheelchair accessible

S+U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz Bus: H Varian-Fry-Straße (Bus 300), H Kulturforum (Bus M48)

Cooperation Partners

The exhibition is based on the work of Leonardo scholar Carlo Vecce and the exhibition "Leonardo and His Books: The Library of the Universal Genius," shown at the Museo Galileo in Florence in 2019. It is organized in cooperation with the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin–Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Museo Galileo, Italian Embassy in Berlin – Ambasciata d’Italia Berlino, NOMIS Foundation, Max-Planck-Gesellschaft zur Förderung der Wissenschaften e.V., Stiftung Preußischer Kulturbesitz, Stiftung Deutsches Technikmuseum Berlin, Museum für Naturkunde Berlin–Leibniz-Institut für Evolutions- und Biodiversitätsforschung, Stiftung Planetarium Berlin–Standort Archenhold Sternwarte and the Fritz-Haber-Institut der Max-Planck-Gesellschaft.


Contact and Registration

LINA SCHWAB T +49 30 22667 101