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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A tempest c.1517-18

Black chalk, pen and ink and wash with touches of white heightening | 27.0 x 40.8 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912376

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A drawing of a hurricane assailing a band of horsemen, with trees bent to the ground. In the upper part flood water full of wreckage, is touched by clouds and rain from a gigantic water spout. In the clouds are storm gods, and on the left child wind gods control the water spout. The lower left corner has been cut off.