The tradition of "sanguine" drawing from Leonardo onwards

The tradition of "sanguine" drawing from Leonardo onwards
#Exhibitions
Leonardo da Vinci, Study for the head of Leda, Circa 1505-1506, Natural red stone on pinkish-red prepared paper, 200 × 157 mm, Milan, Civico Gabinetto dei Disegni del Castello Sforzesco

In the Saletta della Grafica of Castello Sforzesco, a refined exhibition of drawings is set up, made by artists of great fame and mostly belonging to the collections of the Castle. Among the works of particular value is the Head of Leda, a work attributed to Leonardo da Vinci and kept in Milan. The exhibition is the result of an international research project, in which Dutch scholars and Italian researchers participated, and brings together a selection of sheets made between the end of the fifteenth century and the first decade of the nineteenth century with the technique of sanguine, a natural stone that was extracted in various places in Europe and that was widely used in different sectors from architectural drawings to tailoring. The works of Lombard artists are represented in large numbers - from Francesco Melzi to Ambrogio Figino - but there is no lack of sheets from the Roman, Neapolitan and Venetian schools to offer the visitor a wide-ranging experience.

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