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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Recto: The muscles of the leg. Verso: Notes on the structure of the treatise on anatomy

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
1489 and c.1508
Materials: 
Pen and ink over black chalk
Dimensions: 
19.0 x 13.8 cm
RCIN 
919037
Reference(s): 
RL 19037
K&P 81
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:

Leonardo made many anatomical drawings throughout his career, and performed dissections to discover how the human body worked. In these studies Leonardo explores how two muscles of the thigh act upon the knee joint to cause the leg to bend. The accompanying notes are written in Leonardo’s habitual backwards ‘mirror-writing’.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours