Leonardo's crossbow

Leonardo's crossbow

The original design of the giant crossbow (Codex Atlanticus, f. 149a)[1]

Leonardo's crossbow is a type of shooting weapon designed by Leonardo da Vinci, whose drawings are in the Codex Atlanticus. Never constructed by its designer, it was instead built to a scale of 1:1, as shown in the Discovery Channel documentary Doing DaVinci. The episode aired for the first time on 23 August 2010.[2] The original idea of Leonardo, as described in the drawings of the Atlantic Codex (1488–1489), was to build a giant crossbow in order to increase the range of the dart, the crossbow was to be used in wars where florence desperately needed help.

See also


  1. ^ (Italian) Balestra gigante
  2. ^ Doing Da Vinci - Episode list

External links

  • Balestra gigante (Italian)
  • Giant Crossbow
  • Giant Crossbow – Doing DaVinci by the Discovery Channel