Monday, February 18, 2013

Codex Arundel

Page 261 of the Codex Arundel, otherwise known as The Notebook of Leonardo da Vinci. Fully digitized and online at the British Library.

This 2-page spread is annotated with right-ways Italian, so you don't need a mirror to read it. I still can't. But the context of these sketches, judging from those on adjacent pages, is siege warfare and heavy artillery. Could the object on the left be a propellant-driven missile? Were these kinds of pyrotechnical objects known to him, via imports from China?

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