Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
The muscles and nerves of the leg and head c.1485-90
Metalpoint (faded) and pen and ink on blue-grey prepared paper | 21.3 x 30.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912626
Eight anatomical studies of a man's leg; below these are two heads, one of which is in profile to to the left showing the skull and bones of the neck; the other one is turned away to the left, showing the top of the spine; a section of the skull seen fom above, with the various faculties written in; vertically, a drawing of a mausoleum on a hill with a road leading up to it, and a plan. At the top of the page is a row of all the Arabic numerals written in order.
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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