Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci: Studio di ferri da gondola
Leonardo da Vinci: Studio di ferri da gondola, ink on paper / 35 x 50 cm.

In 1500, after the fall of Ludovico il Moro, Leonardo left Milan and arrived in Venice after a hectic journey.

Thanks to his great renown as a scientist and artist, the government of the Serenissima Republic asked him to project moving water gates in the lagoon.

The result was very innovative and ingenious but it was thwarted by a part of the Venetian Senate that unfortunately expressed.

But was his Venetian stay really a loss of time for the Tuscan genius? Not at all: be it sufficient a piece of paper full of ideas and sketches of fantastic and natural shapes that he jotted down on a bridge to initiate a new and dynamic conception of lagoon boats.

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