Thursday, 4 August 2016

A Deluge, Leonardo da Vinci (1517-18)

'Almost 500 years ago, and within a year or two of his death, the original Renaissance man sketched an apocalyptic tempest. With a fragment of black chalk, Da Vinci sensitively traced the lineaments of environmental disaster. 
"The ruins of the high buildings...will throw up a great dust, rising like smoke or wreathed clouds against the falling rain," he wrote, eerily pre-empting a scene we are all too aware of in the 21st century.'
Leonardo da Vinci Nottingham, Robert Clark, Guardian Guide (30 July - 5 August 2016)