Codex on the Flight of Birds

Codex on the Flight of Birds 1490-1505

As suggested by the name, this manuscript deals primarily with the flight of birds, which Leonardo analysed closely in his efforts to build a mechanical flying machine. Here the mechanics of flight, air resistance and the effects of wind on the wings and flight of birds are all considered in great detail.

This codex consists of 13 pages out of an original 18 and was originally part of Manuscript B.

  • Medium Pen and ink on paper
  • Size 21 x 15 cm
  • Location Biblioteca Reale

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