Alembic

Alembic

Alembic

Inv. 22
Interpretation by Ladislao Reti, 1953

“Here is where the continuously changing water goes.” “The smoke enters here.” “What you want to distill goes here.”

The alembic is a tool used for distilling. Different chemical elements are evaporated and then condensed in order to be separated and purified. In Leonardo's time it is already in use for the preparation of perfumes, medicines and alcoholic drinks. This double-walled device provided with a continuous cooling jacket is designed to improve the workings of the alembic.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 1114b r. (1479-1485)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana