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Da Vinci and his Mirror Handwriting

Mona Lisa

The Mona  Lisa is probably Da Vinci’s most famous painting.  But not only was he a famous painter – he was also an inventor of note.  Not only that – he had an amazing understanding of a wide field of knowledge in areas such as architecture, anatomy, mathematics, cartography, palaeontology and much more.

His handwriting is of great interest to graphologists. Take a look at the sample of Da Vinci’s handwriting below. The first thing you’ll notice is that it was written in mirror handwriting. In fact, if you hold the handwriting sample in front of a mirror you will see that the letters instantly become more recognizable.

Da Vinci's Mirror writing

It is well known that many left-handed writers are able to do mirror writing quite easily. Da Vinci, however, was ambidextrous so he could easily write with both hands.

It is said the he wrote his secret diaries in mirror writing using his left hand but that when he wrote an ordinary letter that he wanted people to understand, he used his right hand.

Now we know that Da Vinci was a genius and a great inventor so it is easy to say with hindsight that his writing shows genius and inventiveness .

However, even the untrained eye can recognize the busy, intricate quality of the writing; and when we examine the handwriting in greater detail, evidence of his versatility and inventiveness become quite obvious.

Here is a clearer picture of Da  Vinci’s handwriting.  Take a good look at it and tell me what you notice.

Da Vinci Handwriting

In my next post I will tell you a little about it it.  But before I publish the next post please comment on what you think is the most outstanding quality of this handwriting. I value every opinion however controversial because it makes us think!

The Da Vinci handwriting sample explained 


  • Georgy Dobrev
    April 2, 2021

    I noticed, he didn’t connect the letters, but kept them separate. I interpret this as follows:
    – he explicitly wanted to write exactly what he wrote, instead of just writing down his very first thoughts.
    – separate letters are easier to read, so he wrote notes not only to structure his thoughts, but also to refer to them later

    • Graphology World
      April 2, 2021

      An interesting observation, Georgy.

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