Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Recto: The lumbar plexus. Verso: The veins of the pelvic and lumbar region c.1508
Pen and ink over black chalk | 19.0 x 14.1 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919023
Recto: a drawing of the lumbar plexus and its peripheral distribution; the nerves and the spinal column. Verso: The left iliac vein and tributaries: to the left, details of the subcostal veins and the formation of the azygos system; notes on the anatomical drawings and the list of twelve anatomical representations either done or to be done by Leonardo.
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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