Branched bur-reed

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Title

Branched bur-reed
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Subject

plants; botanical; study; studies; preparatory drawing

Description

The bur-reed and the reed-mace (drawn on the other side of this sheet) are found growing at the edges of lakes and rivers throughout Europe. From around 1504 Leonardo worked on a composition of Leda seduced by Jupiter in the form of a swan. This was to have a foreground teeming with plants and flowers, for which Leonardo made a number of detailed studies including this one, whose accuracy goes far beyond what could be found in any contemporary herbal.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

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

Date

ca. 1505-1510 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

red chalk, touched with a wet brush, on pale red prepared paper
20.1 cm (height) x 14.3 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon102.jpg

Coverage

Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom) RL 12430r; Royal Library. Bequeathed to Francesco Melzi; probably acquired by Charles II; in the Royal Collection by 1690.
Renaissance

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Citation

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519), “Branched bur-reed,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2944.

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