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Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014

The rotation of the arm, and the foetus in the womb

Overview

Creator: Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)
Creation Date: 
c.1511
Materials: 
Pen and ink over black chalk
Dimensions: 
28.7 x 21.1 cm
RCIN 
919103
Reference(s): 
K&P 196
RL 19103
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’s most brilliant and sustained scientific pursuit was his study of human anatomy. He made hundreds of drawings from corpses that he had dissected in monastery hospitals. One of Leonardo’s notes on this sheet compares the unborn baby to a seed in a pod, and observes that both receive nourishment through an umbilical cord which is ‘broken’ when the seed is ripe.

Further details

Category: 
Unframed Drawings / Watercolours