Angus McBride (biography)Medium:
Gouache on BoardSize:
13" x 8" (330mm x 195mm)Date:
1970This is the original Gouache painting by Angus McBride.
Contemporaneous accounts of Leonardo's mechanical lion, or lions, are somewhat confused but he appears to have designed at least three.
In around 1509, he created a robot lion for the triumphal entry to Milan of the previous French king, Louis XII. This could rear on its hind legs and present lilies the French royal symbol but it could not walk.
The second lion, designed just before Da Vinci moved to Clos Lucé, could walk under is own power and move its head. It was presented to François I when he visited Lyons in 1515. When the king stepped forward and tapped the lion with his sword, its body opened and presented him with lilies.
In the left panel Da Vinci appears to be having a mischievous time with a mechanical lizard.