LEONARDO da Vinci
(b. 1452, Vinci, d. 1519, Cloux, near Amboise)
Metalpoint, pen and ink on slightly brownish paper, 183 x 201 mm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice
Leonardo drew many flowers from nature. This study is among the few individual pieces that have been passed down to us. It shows various flower studies of grass-like plants. He presumedly planned to use the drawings in a natural scientific discourse.