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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Oak (Quercus robur) and dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria) c.1505-10

Red chalk with touches of white heightening on pale red prepared paper | 18.8 x 15.4 cm | RCIN 912422

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A study of a spray of oak-leaves with a cluster of acorns. To the left is a drawing of a spray of Dyer's greenweed showing a flower and pods. A number of Leonardo’s botanical drawings are executed in an unusual technique of red chalk on paper with an orange-red coating. In this remarkably bold study of a sprig of oak, the dense shading gives the drawing a great sense of solidity and life.

  • Creator(s)

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    Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519) (artist)

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

  • 18.8 x 15.4 cm (sheet of paper)

  • Oak (Quercus robur) and dyer's greenweed (Genista tinctoria)

  • 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
          • Trees & Shrubs
          • Trees
            • Oaks
        • General botany
          • Leaves
          • Seeds
            • Pods
    • Science, Medicine and Technology
      • Agriculture and related techniques
        • Horticulture
          • Fruit & Vegetables
        • Field crops and their production
          • Acorns