Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Recto: The bones and nerves of the arm. Verso: Studies of the nervous system c.1485-90
Metalpoint (faded) and pen and ink on blue-grey prepared paper | 22.2 x 30.4 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912613
Recto: anatomical drawings of an extended right arm and shoulder, with one showing the veins and another the bones and tendons; two drawings of the digestive organs; the arm and hand of a monkey; further notes. Verso: the legs of a nude male figure walking, with his weight on the left leg. The bones and tendons of a left leg; two studies of a left arm and hand, one of which shows the bones and tendons. Above, a sketch of organs, like a valve, with inscriptions.
ProvenanceBequeathed 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
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