Rubens' copy, one of many reproductions over the years, is possibly the most faithful to Leonardo's original painting. It captures the drama and movement of the battle scene in great detail. This was just the centre narrative of what would have been the full story of the days fighting, Rubens gives us a snippet of what could have been and by any standards has created a magnificent work of art.
If you can imagine that the original work was intended to be much larger than life-size, and that the image above is just one part of the battle scene, you will have some idea of the sheer scale of this work. Lets say your stride is three feet in length, pick a starting point, then do eighteen strides, look back at your starting point and you will see...that's one very large area!!!
What a pity that the proposed paintings by Leonardo and Michelangelo are both lost.
Can you imagine these two vast works side by side in the same building? What a tourist attraction that would have been, generations of art lovers on a pilgrimage to compare the styles of two of the most famous artists in history.