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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A scene in an arsenal c.1485-90

RCIN 912647

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Milan was a centre for the manufacture of arms and armour, and during the 1480s Leonardo sketched many designs for military machines. Some of these may have been conceived as illustrations for a treatise on warfare. The scene here is a military storeyard or arsenal, with piles of gun barrels, cannonballs, a mortar, ladders and lances, and teams of men struggling with levers and pulleys to winch an enormous siege cannon off its bogie.