Leonardo’s Way Through Life
How large is the garland? 30 ducats.37 In the same notebook are drawings and calculations for the construction of a wooden pavilion to be erected in the ducal grounds. He was also interested in the building of stairs and the channelling of water. On the second day of February 1494 at the Sforzesca [Vigevano] I have drawn twenty-ﬁve steps each of two thirds of a braccio and eight braccia wide.40
Stair of Vigevano below the Sforzesca, 130 steps, ½ braccio high and ½ braccio wide, down which the water falls, so as not to wear anything at the end of its fall; by these steps so much soil has come down that it has dried up a pool; that is to say, it has ﬁlled it up and a pool of great depth has been turned into meadows.41 Vineyards of Vigevano. On the 20th day of March 1494. And in the winter they are covered with earth.42 Below this note is a sketch showing the alignment of plants in these vineyards, which is much the same as that prevailing at Vigevano and other Lombard vineyards today, but diﬀers from Tuscan vineyards where the winter is not so severe. Leonardo remembered his young days in the country in Tuscany and observed the diﬀerence. On the 23rd day of August 12 lire from Pulisona.