Leonardo Vs. Michelangelo: The Florentine Smackdown

“We might think it absurd to look at such supreme human treasures and ask which artist is best – but that was what the Florentine republic tried to establish, by getting them to work at public expense on competitive battle paintings, Leonardo’s Battle of Anghiari and Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina, for the Great Council Hall of the civic palace.”