Dragon-shaped war machine, 1534.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

Dragon-shaped war machine, 1534.

© Science Museum / Science & Society Picture Library

Description

Imaginative dragon-shaped machine mounted on wheels with a projectile spurting from its mouth. Roberto Valturio (1405-1475) attributed its invention to the Arabs. Woodcut from Valturio's 'De Re Militari', published in Paris in 1534. Valturio was military engineer to Sigismondo Malatesta, the ruler of Rimini, at whose court this book was written. The first edition appeared in Italian in 1472 and became the standard guide to military leaders during the Renaisance. It was the earliest printed book to show illustrations of a technical nature and included all types of military equipment.
 

Image Ref.

10415728
 

buy a print

Select size
 
Select finish
 
How many prints?
 
£20.00
 

buy a framed print

buy a canvas

buy a framed canvas