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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: Studies of men in action. Verso: Studies of men in action c.1508

RCIN 912644

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Leonardo’s work towards the Battle of Anghiari gave a renewed impetus to his studies of the human figure in action, intended for his proposed treatise on painting. Elsewhere he enumerated ‘the 18 actions of man: movement, repose, running, standing, supported, sitting, leaning, kneeling, lying down, suspended, carrying, being carried, thrusting, pulling, striking, being struck, pressing down and lifting up’.