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Leonardo da Vinci: The Divine and the Grotesque

Leonardo's studies of physiognomy

Martin Clayton

192 pages

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ISBN 978 1 902163 97 0

Please note, due to the publication date this catalogue may contain outdated terminology. Updated object records can be viewed on Collection Online.

Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of physiognomy, the divinely beautiful and the grotesquely ugly, are some of the most idiosyncratic and fascinating works ever produced by this archetypal genius.

This book looks in detail at 80 examples of these drawings from the unrivalled collection preserved in the Royal Library at Windsor Castle, and is the first work on the subject geared toward the general reader.

Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. He has written widely on the work of Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. His other titles include Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing and Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

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