Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Scenes of the Apocalypse, with notes c.1517-18
Pen and ink and wash over traces of black chalk | 30.0 x 20.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912388
A drawing of a vision of destruction falling from heaven on to the earth. Below this, a ball of fire hangs over a volcanic crater, throwing out rays of heat. On the left, skeletons are rising from the earth. On the right, men are flying from heavenly fire, except one huge man who seems unmoved. There are notes across the upper part and on the left.
ProvenanceBequeathed to Francesco Melzi; from whose heirs purchased by Pompeo Leoni, c.1582-90; Thomas Howard, 2nd Earl of Arundel, by 1630; Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690
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