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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) and sun spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia) c.1505-10

Pen and ink and red chalk | 19.8 x 16.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912424

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Around 1505-10 Leonardo made many drawings of plants for the foreground of a painting of Leda and the swan, which was destroyed around 1700. His interest in the structure of individual species, however, went far beyond what was necessary for a painting; here he pays close attention to the form of the spurge’s flowers.
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    Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)

  • Bull's head

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

  • 19.8 x 16.0 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum), wood anemone (Anemone nemorosa) and sun spurge (Euphorbia helioscopia)

  • Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; from whose heirs purchased by Pompeo Leoni, c.1582-90; Thomas Howard, 14th Earl of Arundel, by 1630; Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

    • Natural Sciences & Mathematics
      • Botany
        • Systematic botany
          • Plants & Flowers
          • Flowering plants
            • Star of Bethlehem (plant)
            • Crowsfoot
            • Anemones