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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: The layers of the scalp, and the cerebral ventricles. Verso: Studies of the head c.1490-92

Recto: Pen and ink, and red chalk. Verso: Pen and ink, discoloured white, and faded metalpoint | 20.3 x 15.3 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912603

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Recto: a drawing of the head of a man turned in profile to the left, cut through to show the structure of the skull-bone and of the eye. Below is a section showing the scalp, peri-cranium etc. There is also a section of the eye, and the head seen from above. To the left is a note in red chalk with a section of an onion, comparing it with a section of the head. Verso: an old man's head full face and various anatomical scribbles of a head and cranium. Vertically to these is a poor profile, facing left, not by Leonardo.