Improved alembic

Improved alembic

Improved alembic

Inv. 21
Interpretation by Ladislao Reti, 1953

“This burner must continuously have water that is continuously being changed, in order that the cap for the alembic will always remain cool in staying under this water.”

This model represents an alembic with a curved spout in white ceramic, positioned on a structure of copper. The head of the alembic is cooled uniformly and continuously owing to its positioning in a basin into which running water flows.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Codex Atlanticus f. 216 r. (1479-1485)
    Milano, Biblioteca Ambrosiana