Henri Arnaut de Zwolle

Henri Arnaut De Zwolle

Henri Arnaut de Zwolle

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Henri Arnaut de Zwolle (c. 1400, Zwolle – September 6, 1466, Paris John Koster, 'Arnaut de Zwolle, Henri', Grove Music Online ed. L. Macy (Accessed Sept 26 2007) ) (often Henri Arnault, also Henricus Arnold/Arnoldus/Arnoul of/van/von Zwolle) was employed as a physician, astronomer, astrologer, and organist to Philip the Good. He is best known for a treatise on musical instruments.

Henri Arnaut apparently was born in Zwolle, at that time with the other towns on the IJssel (Deventer and Kampen) the cultural centre of the Burgundian Netherlands. There are no data on his education. Perhaps he became a physician first, as he was named Magister Henricus Arnault, Medicus Alemannus de Zuvolis (Zuvolis = Zwolle). He became a student of the instrument-maker Jean de Fusoris, who was employed between 1400 and 1445 by Philip the Good and later by the French king Louis IX of France. By 1432, Henri was at the court of Philip the Good in Dijon as well.

Between 1438 and 1446 (several decades before the activities of Leonardo da Vinci), he created manuscripts in Latin on a wide variety of technical subjects, including astronomy, hydraulics, astronomical instruments, and drawings of apparent inventions like a folding ladder and a gem polishing machine. Among the manuscripts is a copy (in Henri's handwriting) of Jacob of Li├Ęge's Speculum......
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