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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: A palazzo, and a fountain of Neptune. Verso: Notes on Cyprus and the legend of the Sirens c.1508-10

RCIN 912591

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The architectural designs are probably a projected residence for the French governor of Milan, Charles d’Amboise, and the accompanying notes describe a pleasure garden in idyllic terms. The figure of Neptune, with sea-horses sketched at his feet (and his pose based on Michelangelo’s ‘David’), may have been intended for a fountain in the garden.