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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Portrait of a young woman in profile c.1490

RCIN 912505

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Leonardo executed several portrait paintings during his career. This beautiful drawing of a young woman may have been a study for a lost painting, or a finished work in its own right. The portrait was clearly drawn directly from the life, and there is a remarkably wide range of handling of the metalpoint, from the free sweeping outlines of the bust and flowing layers of loose hair to the very restrained modelling of the face.


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