Artibus et Historiae no. 78 (XXXIX)

2018, ISSN 0391-9064

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LUBOMÍR KONEČNÝ - Leonardo da Vinci’s Battle of Anghiari Revisited (pp. 219–233)

The text providing the basis of this article has so far never been connected with Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari. It shows how a Florentine humanist scholar, Piero Vettori, understood this masterpiece in the middle of the sixteenth century, and from it threads develop leading to a better understanding of both its grandiose composition, and eventually, its inglorious end. It is suggested that Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari was conceived of and intended to be executed as a ‘Greek’ painting in Florence, ‘the new Athens’, and precisely for this very reason deteriorated so quickly.

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