LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Birch copsec. 1500
Red chalk on paper, 193 x 153 mm
Royal Library, Windsor
The drawing is a nature study showing a stretch of observed mixed woodland, carried out in red chalk, a soft drawing medium suited to reproducing light and shade. The format of the page and the placing of the drawing and the text on the rear side suggest that the sheet was originally part of a notebook.