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

Studies of the Villa Melzi and anatomical study

1513
Pen and ink on paper
Royal Library, Windsor

The page of anatomical studies bears the date 9 January 1513 and also contains architectural studies of the Villa Melzi in Vaprio d'Adda, where Leonardo stayed in 1513. The estate belonged to the family of Leonardo's student Francesco Melzi. The note "Room in the tower in Vaprio" and the plan of the layout of the fortress of Trezzo prove that he stayed in Vaprio, as does a group of drawings of river landscapes kept in Windsor, which depict stretches of the Adda river that can still be identified.