The head of an old bearded man
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 12500

The head of an old bearded man


Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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During his early twenties, in the workshop of Verrocchio, Leonardo assimilated two male facial types that are found repeatedly in Verrocchio’s work – a youth with straight nose, lightly rounded chin and open expression, and a mature man with aquiline nose, prominent chin and beetling brow. More