Scenes of the Apocalypse
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12388

Scenes of the Apocalypse

c.1517-18

Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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The four separate sketches here appear to show scenes from the end of the world. In the upper half of the sheet, fire rains down from a thundercloud onto tiny figures as a mountain and fortress crumbles into an abyss. At lower right, more cowering figures are incinerated by an aerial fire; at lower centre, a great ball of smoke and fire burns over precipitous cliffs surrounding a huge pit in which the sea boils; and to the left, skeletons climb from their graves. More