Codex Arundel Codex Arundel

Codex Arundel 1490s–c1518

Leonardo described part of this manuscript as “a collection of notes without order, composed of many pages which I have copied, hoping then to put them in their appropriate place, according to the topics that they treat”.

The sheets of this manuscript deal with a variety of mainly technical and mechanical subjects, such as weights and geometry, as well as architectural studies related to the residence of Francis I at Romarantin, France. The manuscript also contains an ingenious design for a device for breathing under water.

The Codex Arundel is a bound manuscript containing 238 pages of various sizes that have been gleaned from other manuscripts.

  • Medium Pen and ink on paper
  • Size 21 x 15 cm
  • Location British Library

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