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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A bald fat man with a broken nose in profile c.1485-90

RCIN 912489

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Recto: a drawing of the head and shoulders of a stout bald man. Verso: some infantile scribbles, perhaps representing legs. Leonardo was fascinated by the human face, and a large number of drawings survive recording both individuals and generic facial types. This rapid pen sketch was probably taken from life and was intentionally humorous. Text adapted from 'Leonardo da Vinci: the Divine and the Grotesque'