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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Recto: The heart compared to a seed. Verso: The vessels of liver, spleen and kidneys

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1508
Materials: 
Pen and ink over black chalk
Dimensions: 
19.2 x 14.0 cm
RCIN 
919028
Reference(s): 
K&P 70
RL 19028
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: a drawing showing the main arteries and veins of the thorax, probably bovine; the heart and its blood vessels; a drawing of a plant sprouting from a seed which resembles a heart; notes on the drawings. Verso: two diagrams showing the portal and coeliac veins; the blood vessels of the liver, spleen and kidneys; the tortuous blood vessels of old age; notes on the blood vessels of the stomach and the causes of death in old men.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours