Codex Forster I, II and III
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  • Book 1, Fol 6v-7 - Determining the volume of regular and irregular solids c. 1505 © V&A Images, Victoria and Albert Museum
Codex Forster I, II and III

Codex Forster I, II and III Late 1480s-1494

The Codex Forster comprises three parchment-bound volumes containing 5 notebooks.

The drawings in these pocket notebooks include studies on mathematics, geometry, weights, and hydraulic machines, carried out at different times between 1490 and 1505.

There is also a well-arranged sequence of theorems dealing with the transformation of geometrical forms such as polygons and polyhedrons of the type Leonardo illustrated for Luca Pacioli’s De Divina Proportione.

  • Medium Pen and ink on paper
  • Size Ms I 14.5 x 10 cm; Ms II 9.5 x 7 cm; Ms III 9 x 6 cm
  • Location Victoria and Albert Museum

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