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Recto: A branched bur-reed (Sparganium erectum). Verso: A lesser reed-mace (Typha angustifolia)


RCIN 912430

From around 1504 Leonardo worked on a composition of Leda seduced by Jupiter in the form of a swan. This was to have a foreground teeming with plants and flowers, for which Leonardo made a number of detailed studies, whose accuracy goes far beyond what could be found in any contemporary herbal. The bur-reed and reed-mace drawn on either side of this sheet are found growing at the edges of lakes and rivers throughout Europe.


No. 6

  • stamp, ER VII, crowned, in oval: Lugt 901

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