Star of Bethlehem, wood anemone, and sun spurge

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Title

Star of Bethlehem, wood anemone, and sun spurge
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Subject

plants; botanical; study; studies; preparatory drawing

Description

Around 1505-1510 Leonardo made several drawings of plants for the foreground of a painting of Leda and the Swan, which was destroyed around 1700. His interest in the structure of individual species, however, went far beyond what was necessary for a painting; here he pays close attention to the form of the spurge's flowers (lower right). The Star of Bethlehem (Ornithogalum umbellatum) at top has basal leaves in a whorl, a form that interested Leonardo.

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

ink and red chalk on paper
19.8 cm (height) x 16 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon103.jpg

Coverage

Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom) RL 12424; 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), “Star of Bethlehem, wood anemone, and sun spurge,” Institute Images Online, accessed December 16, 2017, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2945.

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