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

Caricature

1495-1506
Pen and brown ink, glued onto secondary paper support, 65 x 53 mm
Private collection

A keen observer of extreme, exaggerated facial formations, Leonardo produced numerous small sketches of "visi monstruosi" (grotesque or monstrous faces). The present sketch shows a snub-nosed old man with a cowled hat, in bust-length profile.