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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A bearded man in profile, confronted by a grotesque profile c.1492-5

RCIN 912555

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Many early copies after Leonardo, both drawn and printed, focus on his grotesques, and thus the seventeenth century had a skewed vision of Leonardo as an artist. In this sheet the bearded man in profile is contrasted with a small sketch of a caricatured figure – a playful contrast of physical types that Leonardo so enjoyed.

Cat. 147