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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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The six hundred drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection cover all aspects of his work, both artistic and scientific. This portrait of a young woman was clearly drawn from the life. There is a wide range of handling of the metalpoint, from the sweeping outlines of the bust and flowing layers of loose hair to the restrained modelling of the face.