Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014
Portrait of a young woman in profile
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.