SANGALLO, Bastiano da
(b. 1481, Firenze, d. 1551, Firenze)

The Battle of Cascina

c. 1542
Oil on wood, 77 x 130 cm
Holkham Hall, Norfolk

In the autumn of 1504 Michelangelo was given the commission to paint a battle scene for the Palazzo della Signoria as a companion piece to Leonardo's Battle of Anghiari. This grand project came to nothing: the cartoon was finished - at least in part - by February 1505, but the urgent summons from Pope Julius II prevented Michelangelo from continuing with the work, for which only some drawings survived.

Bastiano da Sangallo's painting is a copy of the central section of Michelangelo's cartoon.