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Attributed to Vincenzo Leonardi (1589/90-1646)

Deformed melon c. 1630-40

RCIN 919365

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Many of the drawings in Cassiano’s ‘paper museum’ are notable for the clarity with which the specimens are depicted. This sheet shows at actual size two views, external and cross-section, of an anomalous ‘twin’ melon, a single fruit that has grown abnormally due to two ovaries on the same flower developing simultaneously after pollination.