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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Job's tears (Coix lachryma-jobi) c.1510

Black chalk and pen and ink | 21.2 x 23.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912429

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A study of a spray of Job's tears. The single stalk breaks into two curving heads from which spring bearded ears, something like those of barley. The grass known as Job’s tears was introduced to Europe from eastern Asia during the Renaissance. Leonardo’s drawing seems to be the earliest evidence for its presence in Italy.