Many years ago
In the summer of 1502, Leonardo da Vinci was called by Cesare Borgia as an army consultant. Amongs his tasks, he had to make a survay on the territory of the State that the Duke wanted to consolidate from Romagna to
In these papers, that without doubts can be defined as masterpieces, Leonardo points out and draws the Buriano Bridge, that is really interesting to him not only for reasons binded to the commitment but also because the Bridge was in a Hydro-Geological system that had pushed him to dream of a huge plumbing system to drain Valdichiana together with the marshy area around Arezzo to create a large basin of compensation for the Arno.
The Idea of such a project brought Leonardo to study the geological aspects of the
Leonardo had in himself a soul of scientist and artist and his scientific and naturalistic researches generated such strong suggestions that have influenced all his artistic work. The backgrounds of Leonardo's paintings in that period (landscape and bridge are not only in "Mona Lisa" but also in "La Madonna de'Fusi") are not representative of an objective reality but they are the visual synthesis of the areal view of a wider territory. Leonardo choose to put behind the main persons the Arno plain with Buriano Bridge , as if we were overlooking from a little window in the little village named Monte Sopra Rondine while in the distance, in the background, he puts the suggestive rock formations typical of Valdarno area.