LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Head of a Warrior ('The Red Head')1504-05
Red chalk on brownish paper, 226 x 186 mm
Szépművészeti Múzeum, Budapest
The drawing is a study to the Battle of Anghiari, a huge painting designed for decorating the great hall of the Palazzo Vecchio in Florence. The wall painting was never finished, its full-size cartoon was destroyed in the 17th century.