LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Sleeve study for the Annunciation1470-73
Pen, ink on paper, 85 x 95 mm
Christ Church Picture Gallery, Oxford
The pen drawing for Gabriel's sleeve in the Uffizi Annunciation displays the same powerful style as Leonardo's first firmly attributed Landscape drawing dating from 1473. The sheet proves the meticulous way in which the artist worked; even details such as the folds on the angel's upper arm were prepared in sketches in order for him to gain clarity about the rilievo.