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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The arm of the Virgin c.1508-10

Black and red chalks, pen and ink, brush and ink and white heightening on pale red prepared paper | 8.6 x 17.0 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 912532

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A study of a right arm outstretched to the right, the hand with the palm upwards, clothed in folds of transparent drapery from the wrist to the shoulder. The hand, which is in part shaded from right to left, is completely made over by a pupil. This is a study for the Madonna's arm in the Madonna and Child with St Anne and a lamb, now in the Louvre. Three corners of the sheet have been cut.