master drawings of da Vinci

Da Vinci’s drawings were extraordinary ‘doodles’, ideas, life studies and studies for paintings.  I much prefer his drawings to the paintings.  Blaspheme!   Foremost, aesthetically.  But more importantly, to appreciate his technical and creative process.  I have studied and drawn from them since I was 9.

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Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right, da Vinci, 1508–12
Head of the Virgin in Three-Quarter View Facing Right, da Vinci, 1508–12
Anghiari, da Vinci
Battle of Anghiari, da Vinci
young woman, da Vinci
young woman, da Vinci

This one, young woman, is particularly striking.  The contrast of the fully rendered face in a barely sketched piece provides insight into his technical process.  Sculptural.

Study of Arms and Hands, c. 1474

 

Studies of the Shoulder and Neck, c. 1509-1510

I spent a lot of time copying his anatomical drawings.  Fortunately my mother was not disturbed.  The drawings are stylized, and therefore more interesting than gruesome.  And appealing.

Studies of the Arm showing the Movements made by the Biceps, c. 1510
Studies of the Arm showing the Movements made by the Biceps, c. 1510

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