Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Recto: The male torso, with notes. Verso: The muscles of the torso c.1508
Pen and ink over black chalk | 19.3 x 14.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919032
Recto: two drawings of a male torso showing the muscles of the anterior and lateral walls of the abdomen; notes on the drawings. Verso: two drawings of the torso of a man, in profile to the right, showing superficial muscles; two small diagrams indicating muscle surface seen in profile, and represented according to ancient and modern usages.
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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