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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Recto: The neck. Verso: A perspective view of the apse of a church

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1485-90
Materials and techniques: 
Recto: Metalpoint (faded), pen and ink, leadpoint, some discoloured white heightening, on pale blue-grey prepared paper. Verso: Pen and ink over metalpoint, on pale blue prepared paper
Dimensions: 
20.2 x 28.7 cm
RCIN 
912609
Reference(s): 
RL 12609
P(L) 420
K&P 3
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: an anatomical drawing of a neck, showing the muscles, veins, cartilage of the throat and part of the spine; a skull, turned in profile to the left; an outline of a head; a neck; a man's face in profile to the right. Verso: an apse of a church, circular, with an arcade of windows and a semi-dome, like a shell, showing also the square end of the left aisle; the word cori in a 16th-century hand.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours