Hurricane over horsemen and trees

Hurricane over horsemen and trees c1514-18

In this drawing, which is one of a series on the theme of “The Deluge”, Leonardo explores the power of nature with great imagination.

In the bottom right-hand corner, horsemen encounter a hurricane and are blown off their feet and forced to the ground. Beyond them are trees uprooted and bent to the ground by the wind.

Above, rain pours down from a gigantic water spout and in the clouds storm gods drive the forces of wind, lending a mythical flavour to the drawing.

  • Medium Pen and ink over black chalk with wash, on grey washed paper
  • Size 27 x 41 cm
  • Location The Royal Collection

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