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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: The muscles of the upper spine. Verso: The muscles of the upper spine c.1510-11

Pen and ink with wash, over black chalk | 28.9 x 20.5 cm (sheet of paper) | RCIN 919015

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Recto: five studies of the muscles of the back and shoulder; a sketch of the tendons attached to each vertebra; notes on the drawings. Verso: notes on the muscles of the back, with two small drawings and a diagram demonstrating either the elevation of the ribs by the back muscles, or possibly the support of the neck by the muscles attached to the shoulder blades.