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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Military Machines
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This is one of a number of sheets of drawings from a notebook by Leonardo in which he designed instruments of war. He drew these while working for Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan (1494-99). Under each drawing Leonardo has written words of explanation in his characteristic “mirror” writing.

At the top of the sheet is a chariot with scythes on all sides. At lower left an armoured car is shown without its roof, revealing its inner workings. At lower right, the same tank-like vehicle is shown moving and firing its guns. At the far right is a more conventional weapon of the time, a large pike or halberd, perhaps more ceremonial than practical. It is highly unlikely that any of these machines were ever made or used in contemporary warfare.

Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), Military Machines

From Florence, Italy, c. AD 1487.
Ht 17,3 cm.

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