Leonardo app shortlisted for second award

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

The iPad app which brings Leonardo’s studies of the human body to life has been short-listed for a second award.  Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy recently won a Gold at the Lovie Awards, which recognise outstanding achievement in computer technology.  Now, the Royal Collection Trust app has been shortlisted for a leading publishing award.  It is one of six shortlisted in the category of ‘Reference Book Apps’ for the FutureBook Innovation Awards, which celebrate the digital revolution in publishing.

Now in their third year, the awards are run in association with the industry magazine The Bookseller and recognise the innovation of those transforming the book trade in the 21st century.  The awards shortlist was made from more than 220 entries from 19 countries, and the winners will be announced on 3 December 2012. 

Almost 500 years after Leonardo’s death, the app allows the astonishing accuracy of the artist's work to be fully appreciated for the first time.  Produced to coincide with the recent exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, it includes all of Leonardo’s anatomical studies – 268 pages in total.  Over 11 chapters, the app tells the story of the greatest challenge Leonardo faced in his career, as he embarked upon a campaign of dissection in hospitals and medical schools to investigate the bones, muscles, vessels and organs.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy includes interactive 3D anatomical models, pinch-zoom functionality and interviews with experts on Leonardo’s work and the history of medicine.  It even allows users to reverse and translate the thousands of notes made by the artist in his distinctive mirror-writing, direct from the pages of his notebooks.

Royal Collection Trust Publisher, Jacky Colliss Harvey said, 'We’re delighted by this news.  The Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app has enabled us to tell one of the most exciting stories in the Royal Collection in an entirely new way to an entirely new audience. The FutureBook Awards highlight all that is best in new media, and it is wonderful that our app has been recognized by them.’

Find out more about Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy.