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

Study of hands

c. 1474
Silverpoint and white highlights on pink prepared paper, 214 x 150 mm
Royal Library, Windsor

This study is remarkable in the amount of life it brings to a simple drawing. The image may have been a source of inspiration for Escher's famous drawing of a hand drawing another hand; there has also been ubsubstantiated speculation that this may have served as a study for hands in the the Mona Lisa. This seems unlikely, but the sketch is striking.