Study for the Head of Leda

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  • Study for the Head of Leda
  • Drawing of woman with elaborate hairstyle
  • View: Center view of drawing

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Title

Study for the Head of Leda
Drawing of woman with elaborate hairstyle
View: Center view of drawing

Subject

mythology (Classical); female head; hairstyle; braid

Description

The mythical Leda was seduced by Jupiter in the form of a swan. Leonardo worked on two compositions of the subject, finally executing a painting that was destroyed in the eighteenth century. In the four surviving studies of Leda's head, Leonardo expended little effort on her expression, simply adopting the usual downward glance. Instead Leonardo devoted all his attention to the most complicated of hairstyles, with dense whorls and woven plaits, even studying the head from the back - quite unnecessarily for a painted image.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

Description: Royal Collection, United Kingdom [website]; http://www.royalcollection.org.uk/

Date

ca. 1505-1506 (creation)

Rights

publicDomain

Format

Pen and ink over black chalk
17.7 cm (height) x 14.7 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon098.jpg

Coverage

Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom) RL 12518; Royal Library. Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; probably acquired by Charles II; in the Royal Collection by 1690.
Renaissance

Files

Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Study for the Head of Leda,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2940.

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