Urne nel Museo Guarnacci, Volterra

The early Renaissance humanists were already beginning to discuss and circulate information on the Etruscan origins of Volterra, which then attracted the interest of the Medici family. Leonardo certainly studied the archaeological remains of this ancient town for he dedicates particular attention to Volterra in various notebooks, and on two maps (Royal Collection, Windsor Castle) he sketches some of these remains with great accuracy from different angles.