Man tricked by Gypsies

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  • Man tricked by Gypsies
  • Study of five characters
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Title

Man tricked by Gypsies
Study of five characters
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Subject

caricatures or satire; portrait; grotesques; caricature

Description

The central figure is surrounded by a band of Gypsies in traditional dress. The hideous woman on the right reads his palm--this part of the composition was inexplicably trimmed off at an early date--while glancing across at her cackling accomplice, who reaches under the sleeve of the man to steal his purse. Gypsies had arrived in western Europe in the early fifteenth century, soon acquiring a reputation for this combination of fortune-telling and theft, and on these grounds all Gypsies were ordered to leave Milan in April 1493, the probable date of Leonardo's drawing. The subject was to be popular with painters in the circle of Caravaggio a century later.

Creator

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian artist, 1452-1519)

Source

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

Date

ca. 1493 (creation)

Contributor

Fredlund, William

Rights

William Fredlund

Format

ink on paper
26 cm (height) x 20.5 cm (width)

Type

drawing (visual work)

Identifier

leon123.jpg

Coverage

Windsor Castle (Windsor, England, United Kingdom) RL 12495r; 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), “Man tricked by Gypsies,” Institute Images Online, accessed October 21, 2018, http://westerncivart.com/items/show/2963.

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