Upon leaving Milan

Upon leaving Milan - to initiate an underwater raid on the...

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Upon leaving Milan, Leonardo and Pacioli traveled to Mantua, where Leonardo worked  briefly on a portrait of the generous if overbearing patron of the arts, Isabelle d'Este; he  never finished the work, despite frequent and nagging letters from Isabelle over the  course of the next five years.  In 1500, Leonardo continued to Venice. The 1499  French invasion of Lombardy  and  Sforza's attempt to mount a counter-attack out of exile had embroiled much of the  Mediterranean coast in war. Venice itself was currently at war with the Ottoman Empire.  Leonardo went to the Senate of Venice and offered his services as an engineer. He  wanted to construct a kind of mobile dam that would allow Venetian forces to draw the  Turks into the Isonzo river valley and then flood the valley, wiping out the enemy forces.  The Senate did not act on his plan. He also had devised a diving apparatus, and wanted 
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Unformatted text preview: to initiate an underwater raid on the Ottoman fleet, drilling holes in the bottoms of their ships. His design was remarkably similar to modern scuba gear. Neither of these plans were ever acted on, and Leonardo was careful to keep the details of his designs secret, so as not to let them fall into the wrong hands. By April, he had returned to Florence. He saw his father Ser Piero, who was by this time a wealthy man of 74, living with his fourth wife. Leonardo took up lodgings with the Servite friars of Florence, hoping to find a patron soon. He agreed to paint an altarpiece for the friars, but it took months for him to begin. In the meantime, he undertook several architectural projects, and continued work in his notebooks on the collapse of buildings and building materials....
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This note was uploaded on 12/13/2011 for the course ART 2313 taught by Professor Staff during the Fall '10 term at Texas State.

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