Leonardo da Vinci, ‘The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right’, 1510–1513, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right, 1510–1513

Black chalk, charcoal, and red chalk, with some traces of white chalk (?)
8 × 6 1/8 in
20.3 × 15.6 cm
About the work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

some remains of framing outline in pen and brown ink at upper right (not by Leonardo)

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Leonardo da Vinci
Italian, 1452–1519
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

Leonardo da Vinci, ‘The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right’, 1510–1513, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
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About the work
The Metropolitan Museum of Art
New York

some remains of framing outline in pen and brown ink at upper right (not by Leonardo)
http://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/337496

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Image rights
The Metropolitan Museum of Art (Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1951), licensed under CC0 1.0 Universal
Leonardo da Vinci
Italian, 1452–1519
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Leonardo da Vinci is one of the foremost artists in the history of Western art, famed for painting the Mona Lisa (ca. 1503-6), and for his meticulous, dynamic drawings of various mechanical devices, animals, and imagined machines, as well as his portraits and writings on art and science. A founding father of the High Renaissance style, he is admired for his virtuosity as a painter and draughtsman in the handling of space, depiction of light and shadow, and expert use of sfumato, in which tones and colors shade gradually into one, producing softened outlines. Although few works seem to have been finished, and even fewer survive, Leonardo’s writings and sketchbooks offer glimpses into the life of an ingenious polymath. “Painting,” he wrote, “is poetry that is seen rather than felt.”

The Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right, 1510–1513

Black chalk, charcoal, and red chalk, with some traces of white chalk (?)
8 × 6 1/8 in
20.3 × 15.6 cm
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