Leonardo app wins Lovie Award

Wednesday, 17 October 2012

Royal Collection Trust's iPad app that brings Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body to life has been honoured with an industry award.  Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy won Gold in its category at the second annual Lovie Awards, the only pan-European awards to recognise outstanding achievement for content created for the internet.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy was chosen as the winner of the tablet education and reference category by members of the International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences, from almost 1,000 entries across more than 20 countries.  The public will have the chance to vote for their favourite in the People’s Lovie Award www.peopleslovie.eu until 1 November.

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.

The Lovie Awards, named in honour of Ada Lovelace, represent outstanding achievement in computer technology.  Ada Lovelace (1815–52), worked with the mathematician Charles Babbage, whose invention, the Analytical Engine, formed the basis of modern computing. She is often credited with writing the world's first computer programme. 

Jemima Rellie, Director of Publishing and New Media, said,'We are incredibly proud of our Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app and are thrilled it has won a Lovie. The sophistication and flair of the app developed by Touch Press complements brilliantly the innovation and mastery of Leonardo’s original drawings, and we are delighted that this has been recognised by the judges.'

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