Corner tower with corbels

Corner tower with corbels

Corner tower with corbels

Inv. 9904
Interpretation by Ermenegildo Menighetti, 1952 - 1953

The model represents the corner of a stronghold, with a circular tower at the corner, with pronounced escarpment. The tower is covered with a double conical crown, equipped with traditional machicolations and loopholes for artillery. This tower shows a blend of elements typical of medieval military engineering together with innovations coming from Renaissance fortified architecture. An example of traditional architecture is the presence of the embattlements supported by a series of corbels. An innovation, by contrast, would be the massive escarpment for the tower: on the basis of its inclination, it is clearly designed to withstand the incoming strikes of firearms. In the moat, a wall with loopholes is designed for positioning of artillery.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Manuscript L f. 63 v. (1497-1499)
    Paris, Institut de France