LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Pen and brown ink, glued onto secondary paper support, 69 x 56 mm
A keen observer of extreme, exaggerated facial formations, Leonardo produced numerous small sketches of "visi monstruosi" (grotesque or monstrous faces). The present sketch shows an old woman with beetling brow wearing a tall pointy hat, in bust-length profile.