Trench-digging machine

Trench-digging machine

Inv. 44
Interpretation by Alcide De Rizzardi e Alessandro Siriati, 1953

The folio shows the drawing of a digger for excavating trenches or channels. It possibly refers to a project for the channel to connect the river Arno to the sea, near Piombino. The hoe lifts when the heavy rocker falls. The connected container acts as a counterweight and causes the hoe to drop with great force, thus digging the trench.

The model is based on the drawing:

  • Manuscript L f. 76 v. (1503-1504)
    Paris, Institut de France