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DICTIONAR ARTA

DICTIONAR ARTA

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A Florentine and papal army defeated a Milanese force under Piccinino outside this town near Arezzo (29
June 1440). Macchiavelli, in his History of Florence, used it shamelessly as an example of the reluctance
of mercenaries to risk death in battle: he put the casualties as 'one man killed, and he fell off his horse and
was trampled to death', whereas sources available to him put the joint fatalities at some 300. It was a
subject of a fresco painted by Leonardo da Vinci in the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence (chosen because it
was primarily a cavalry engagement and he could show horses in combat). The fresco rapidly decayed
and its composition is best known from the sketch Rubens made of its central part.

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