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Allegory of the boat, the wolf and the eagle - Leonardo Da Vinci

Allegory of the boat, the wolf and the eagle - Leonardo Da Vinci

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Print on handmade paper from Amalfi
Measurement : 29 x 42 cm
Material : work printed on very fine handmade Amalfi paper with fringed edges
Frame : Handmade light brown beech wood

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The work

The artwork "Allegory of the Boat, the Wolf, and the Eagle" by Leonardo da Vinci, believed to be completed around 1516, is a chalk drawing that encapsulates significant historical symbolism. Art historians interpret the work as referencing the meeting between Pope Leo X and King Francis I, and it was likely created for the occasion of the marriage between Giuliano de Medici and Filiberta of Savoy.

In the drawing, the wolf is thought to represent the Pope or the Roman Catholic Church as a whole, while the crowned eagle sitting atop a globe symbolizes the French monarch. This image may also allude to the power of the German emperor at the time. The piece is seen as an early example of political cartooning, with a clear nod to political satire, a theme seldom explored by Leonardo in other works.

Technically, the drawing demonstrates exceptional skill in perspective and in depicting a scene in motion. The eagle is portrayed as the more regal and powerful figure, whereas the wolf, possibly symbolizing the church, is depicted negatively and pushed to the background. This work stands out in Leonardo's artistic period for its "pure" nature, lacking a specific scientific focus but conveying a strong, satirical political message.
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