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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Portrait of a young woman in profile


Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
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Metalpoint on pale buff prepared paper
32.0 x 20.0 cm
RL 12505
P(L) 163
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 drawing of the head and shoulders of a girl, turned in profile to the right, wearing a cap on the back of her head

Leonardo executed several portrait paintings during his career. This beautiful drawing of a young woman may have been a study for a lost painting, or a finished work in its own right. The portrait was clearly drawn directly from the life, and there is a remarkably wide range of handling of the metalpoint, from the free sweeping outlines of the bust and flowing layers of loose hair to the very restrained modelling of the face.

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Unframed Drawings / Watercolours