(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)

Sleeve study for the Annunciation

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.