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Attributed to Vincenzo Leonardi (1589/90-1646)

Digitated lemon c. 1640

RCIN 919358

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In the treatise for which many of Cassiano’s drawings of citrus fruit were made, Giovanni Battista Ferrari commented that ‘while we are horrified by monstrosities in human beings, we love them in fruit’. The deformity here is caused by the action of a mite on the flower bud.