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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The muscles and tendons of the lower leg and foot

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1510-11
Materials: 
Pen and ink over traces of black chalk
Dimensions: 
38.9 x 28.2 cm
RCIN 
919017
Reference(s): 
RL 19017
K&P 151
Acquirer: Charles II, King of Great Britain (1630-85)
Provenance: 
Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690
Description:

Leonardo’s most brilliant and sustained scientific pursuit was his study of human anatomy. He made hundreds of drawings from corpses that he had dissected in monastery hospitals, recording many anatomical structures for the first time in medical history. This unusually large sheet, showing the arrangement of bones, tendons and muscles in the lower leg and foot, exemplifies the clarity with which Leonardo was able to represent complex structures.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours