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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A rocky ravine c.1475-80

RCIN 912395

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This drawing of a ravine may appear fanciful at first sight, an impression not helped by the disproportionately large ducks or swans. But in fact Leonardo has carefully recorded a type of rock formation found in the Arno valley south-east of Florence, caused by the erosion of sandstone into tall jagged pillars.