Da Vinci’s Respect for Water

May 3, 2016

“…the body of the earth [h]as its ocean, which also rises and falls every six hours with the breathing of the worlds.”

—from The Notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci

Here is an intricate drawing that planned to move water with Archimedes screws and water wheels.


You can see a larger version of this drawing by clicking on the photo, Codex Atlanticus Fol. 386R.

If you’d like to learn more about this enigmatic man, the Victoria and Albert Museum has articles that delve into his art, work, and life, along with a bibliography of books that will delight you.

Nancy Bo Flood

As a fish-brain surgeon or a rodeo poem wrangler, I have loved stories. I strongly believe that words – in poetry or prose – help heal our hearts and give us new eyes to see the world. I was first a research psychologist studying brain development at the University of Minnesota and London University before following my passion – writing for children. Learn more...