Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
The major organs and vessels c.1485-90
Pen and ink with brown and greenish wash, over black chalk | RCIN 912597
A study of a man standing facing the spectator, with legs apart and arms stretched down, drawn as an anatomical figure to show the heart, lungs and main arteries. He wears a rather doleful expression.
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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