Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)
Recto: The veins of the arm. Verso: Notes on the death of a centenarian c.1508
Pen and ink over traces of black chalk | RCIN 919027
Recto: a drawing showing the veins of the left arm; the blood vessels of a young man contrasted with those of an old man; notes on the drawings and one on the principles of anatomical drawing. Verso: a small drawing of portal veins in old age; the outline of a man's torso; notes on the changes in the hepatic arteries and veins in old age.
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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