Scythed Chariot

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Title

Scythed Chariot
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Subject

animal; engineering and industrial design; manufacturing; military; war; Ludovico Sforza, Duke of Milan, 1452-1508; war engines; weapons

Description

The scythed chariot is potentially one of the most lethal battlefield weapons and has ancient origins (used by the Persians against the Greeks), though Leonardo noted their propensity to damage friend as readily as foe. The drawing for these war machines dates from his first years in Milan. Leonardo presented projects such as this to the Duke of Milan, Ludovico il Moro, “the Moor”. In addition to the machines, the drawing also shows the mutilated corpses of the enemies in order to make the project much more appealing.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Universal Leonardo [website from University of the Arts, London]; http://www.universalleonardo.org/

Date

ca. 1483-1485 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

brown ink on paper

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon108.jpg

Coverage

Biblioteca Reale di Torino (Turin, Piedmont, Italy) Fol 1030; Piazzetta Reale, Palazzo Reale, Royal Library
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Scythed Chariot,” Institute Images Online, accessed January 16, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2948.

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