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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Recto: The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles. Verso: Studies of the head

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1490-92
Materials: 
Recto: Pen and ink, and red chalk. Verso: Pen and ink, discoloured white, and faded metalpoint
Dimensions: 
20.3 x 15.3 cm
RCIN 
912603
Reference(s): 
RL 12603
K&P 32
P(L) 223
Acquirer: Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)
Provenance: 
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
Description:

Recto: a drawing of the head of a man turned in profile to the left, cut through to show the structure of the skull-bone and of the eye. Below is a section showing the scalp, peri-cranium etc. There is also a section of the eye, and the head seen from above. To the left is a note in red chalk with a section of an onion, comparing it with a section of the head. Verso: an old man's head full face and various anatomical scribbles of a head and cranium. Vertically to these is a poor profile, facing left, not by Leonardo.

Further details

Additional Creators: Circle of Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours