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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2015

Oak (Quercus robur) and dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria)


Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
Materials and techniques: 
Red chalk with touches of white heightening on pale red prepared paper
18.8 x 15.4 cm
RL 12422
P(L) 18
XQG 2002 340
Acquirer: Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)
Bequeathed 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

A study of a spray of oak-leaves with a cluster of acorns. To the left is a drawing of a spray of Dyer's greenweed showing a flower and pods.

A number of Leonardo’s botanical drawings are executed in an unusual technique of red chalk on paper with an orange-red coating. In this remarkably bold study of a sprig of oak, the dense shading gives the drawing a great sense of solidity and life.

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