Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Recto: The arteries of the shoulder. Verso: The distribution of the right vagus and right phrenic nerves c.1508
Pen and ink over black chalk | 19.3 x 13.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919050
Recto: a drawing of the large arteries of the neck, thorax and right upper arm, with a note that they are those of an old man. Verso: a study of the larynx, trachea, oesophagus and stomach, with the phrenic and right vagus nerves, the brachial plexus and some blood vessels; to the right, the trachea seen from behind; notes on the drawings and on the brain.
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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