The Battle of Anghiari
by LEONARDO da Vinci

The Republic of Florence, which came into being in 1494, decided to create an assembly hall for their most important political committee, the "High Council", which was suited to the requirements and pretensions of the new republic. The majority of the construction work on the Sala del Gran Consiglio in the Florentine Palazzo Vecchio had been completed shortly before 1500. The pictorial program was to include two large wall paintings intended to express the self confidence of the new republic. It was planned that two important victories from recent Florentine history should be depicted: the Battle of Anghiari and the Battle of Cascina. The choice of artist had to measure up to the importance of the commission, and the decision was made in favour of two of the most highly esteemed Florentine artists of the age, Leonardo da Vinci and the young Michelangelo.

Neither of the two artists completed his works and we only know of their projects indirectly by their being mentioned in documents, or in the form of copies or sketches that have been associated with the project.



Preview Picture Data Info
The Battle of Anghiari (detail)
1503-05
Black chalk, pen and ink, watercolour on paper, 452 x 637 mm
Musée du Louvre, Paris


The Battle of Anghiari (detail)
1503-05
Oil on canvas
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


The Battle of Anghiari (copy of a detail)
1503-05
Drawing
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Battle of Anghiari (Tavola Doria)
1503-05
Oil on panel, 85 x 115 cm
Formerly private collection, Munich (lost)


Group of riders in the Battle of Anghiari
1503-04
Black chalk, white highlights, 160 x 197 mm
Royal Library, Windsor


Study of battles on horseback and on foot
1503-04
Pen and ink on paper, 160 x 152 mm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice


Study of battles on horseback and on foot
1503-04
Pen and ink on paper, 145 x 152 mm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice


Study of battles on horseback
1503-04
Pen and ink on paper
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence


Study of horses for the Battle of Anghiari
1503-04
Traces of black and red chalk, pen and ink, wash on paper, 196 x 308 mm
Royal Library, Windsor


Rearing horse
1503-04
Red chalk and pencil, 153 x 142 mm
Royal Library, Windsor


Head studies
1504-05
Metalpoint, black and red chalk on paper, 191 x 188 mm
Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest


Head of a Warrior ('The Red Head')
1504-05
Red chalk on brownish paper, 226 x 186 mm
Szépmûvészeti Múzeum, Budapest



Summary of works by Leonardo
Paintings
early work | in the 1480s | in the 1490s | late work | copies
Studies to paintings
Battle of Anghiari | studies (1) | studies (2) | heads | various
Other studies
anatomy | nature | engineering | maps | architecture | sculpture



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