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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.
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 Armory, 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:
Nude, for the “Battle of Anghiari”:
Studies for the Equestrian Monument to Francesco Sforza and Trivulzio:
A file of the highest quality of the Virile head of a laurel-crowned profile, with the signature of Leonardo da Vinci:
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:
And - last but not least - the famous Portrait of an old man, considered Leonardo's Self Portrait, purchased by Carlo Alberto in 1839:
Also part of this incredible collection is the study for the angel of the "Baptism of Christ" by Verrocchio: