Pages from da Vinci's "Codex Atlanticus" unglued

A group of Benedictine nuns from the Abbey of Viboldone haave been working tirelessly for months to unbind Leonardo da Vinci's Codex Atlanticus, a collection of writings and drawings bound into a single volume in the 17th century by sculptor Pompeo Leoni.

The project is being undertaken to restore the pages. A public exhibit of the leaves, reframed and mounted on acid-free board, has been scheduled. Some critics believe that the book is being unbound as a potential moneymaker for the Ambrosiana Library which has owned the book since the 17th century.