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The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

 

Silverpoint drawing of Leda. Credited to Leonardo Da Vinci between 1505 to 1507. [0]

 

I remember looking at the originals on loan from the London Museum in Melbourne at the NVG. Drawn with a silverpoint pen on paper coated with crushed bone (Vellum) [1] to create a rough surface. It was dark as direct light would impact on the drawings.

 

I remember looking at the centre image very closely. Leonardo discovered things that are still being re-discovered today. I'm thinking in particular turbulent efficient valves for hearts

 

Reference

[0] The drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, Leonardo da Vinci, "Study for the Head of Leda, c. 1505-7"

www.drawingsofleonardo.org/images/leda.jpg

 

[1] Vellum, Wikipedia, "An animal skin, usually calf, prepared by cleaning, stretching and scraping. Tension is created by drying and wetting. The final surface is covered with a ground bonemeal (finely ground up animal bones) mixture which gives the surface a rough texture suitable for silverpoint."

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vellum. I remember toying with the idea of creating some vellum and trying Silverpoint. The masters used techniques that allowed their works to survive hundreds of years.

 

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