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THE BATTLE OF ANGHIARI

The Battle of Anghiari.

Anghiari is famous for a battle fought and won on its territory on Wednesday 29th June 1440 by the Florentine Republic led by Micheletto Attendolo and Giampaolo Orsini against the Milanese army led by Niccolò Piccinino. When Machiavelli subsequently wrote about it he pointed out ironically that twenty or twenty four hours of skirmishing only produced one death and that when a soldier fell off his horse.

None the less, historically the outcome of the battle was very important as it kept central Italy in the hands of the Florentines and, indeed, Machiavelli commented much more seriously on this aspect.

Peter Paul Rubens, sited in the Museum of  Louvre in Paris

However important the battle was at the time, however, it would almost certainly have been gradually forgotten about if the Magistrati of Florence hadn't decided to decorate the walls of the main Hall or Chamber of the government building, Palazzo Vecchio, with scenes celebrating the victories of the Florentine armies. Michelangelo was commissioned to paint the Battle of Cascina and Leonardo da Vinci the Battle of Anghiari.

Leonardo drew up his project on cartoons and began to transfer the work from the cartoons to the wall of Palazzo Vecchio and painted the central section showing The Fight for the Standard. Unfortunately Leonardo's love of experimentation caused the painting to be damaged during the drying process and the uncompleted painting was destroyed. Eventually it was replaced by the existing painting by Vasari and the legend of the Lost Leonardo began. Even while Leonardo was working on it the painting was lauded as a major innovative work so that many artists came to learn from it and make copies of it, thus the battle still lives on through the paintings of Rubens in the Louvre in Paris and that of Biagio di Antonio (1470) of the school of Paolo Uccello, which is in the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin.

 ANGHIARI

the battle of anghiari

history of a corner of tuscany

cultural activities

 THE MUSEUMS

museums
historical centre
castles and villas
churches and convents
francescan places
industrial archeology
services and activities

 IMMERSION IN NATURE

the waterways
the sovara valley
nature reserves
itinerary of the nature
la fabbrica della natura

 ARTISAN WORKSHOPS

antique markets
Art and trades

the workshops of the historical centre

the artisans fair

 FLAVOURS OF ANGHIARI

the crossover of tastes between the borders

the tiber valley flavours road

i centogusti dell'appennino

 

 

 

         
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