Leonardo's Cannon Foundry

Leonardo's Cannon Foundry

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Credit: SHEILA TERRY/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: Pen and ink perspective drawing on paper by Leonardo from 1487 of a cannon foundry. It depicts the inside of a factory for casting cannons from bronze and the process of installing of a heavy cannon barrel on its wheeled gun carriage by a large number of labourers. The barrel is being hoisted entirely manually by means of block and tackle on a crane and levers. It also shows bronze barrels awaiting assembly and the necessary ancillary equipment.

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Keywords: artillery, barrel, block and tackle, bronze, cannon, cannon foundry, crane, foundry, gun, gun carriage, leonardo da vinci, levers, manpower, munitions, ordnance, perspective, pulleys, renaissance, technical drawing, technology, warfare, weapons

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