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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

Recto: The cranium sectioned. Verso: The skull sectioned

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
1489
Materials: 
Recto: Pen and ink. Verso: Pen and ink over traces of black chalk
Dimensions: 
19.0 x 13.7 cm
RCIN 
919058
Reference(s): 
K&P 42
RL 19058
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 skull viewed obliquely from above and the L to show intracranial nerves & vessels; notes on the importance of the cranium as the seat of all nervous activities. Verso: 2 halves of a skull, showing relations of the different facial cavities, orbit & cheek & nose seen from in front; note frontal & maxillary sinuses & naso-lacrimal canal; small drawings of different kinds of teeth; with notes

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours