Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook

16th century

The British Library

The British Library

These pages come from a notebook compiled by the artist and inventor, Leonardo da Vinci. They are written in Italian, in Leonardo’s mirror handwriting, reading from right to left. The shaded diagram in the centre right shows the Sun and Moon revolving round the Earth, accepting the theory that the Earth occupied the centre of the universe. Leonardo also believed that the Moon was covered with water, and that its surface would reflect light like a convex mirror. Shown here: f. 104r

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  • Title: Leonardo da Vinci’s notebook
  • Date Created: 16th century
  • Location: British Library, London, UK
  • Location Created: Italy
  • Type: Manuscript
  • Original Source: Arundel MS 263
  • Rights: Public Domain in most countries other than the UK. For more information visit: https://www.bl.uk/help/how-to-reuse-images-of-unpublished-manuscripts


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