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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A satire on aged lovers c.1490

RCIN 912449

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Recto: a drawing of a grotesque couple in conversation, with the woman in front and the man behind her, to left. Verso: two marks. The gap-toothed man offers the extravagantly dressed old woman a flower, the circular bloom of which is visible above the line of his shoulder. The drawing is a rather cruel satire on the vanity and ridiculousness of the elderly behaving like young lovers. Text adapted from 'Leonardo da Vinci: the Divine and the Grotesque'