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This marvelous study in silverpoint, from circa 1474, portrays three hand sketches. Despite being a simple sketch with rough edges, there is a large number of details and realism into it. Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies were profoundly detailed and way ahead of his time. Among several pages of sections of muscles, bones and body parts, these hands might seem like a rather simple study, but as we observe the details into it, it is possible to follow the magnificent skills of this artist.
These feminine hands would be resting on a lap or folded against the body, like holding a baby or a small animal. The lighter sketch of the right hand can be observed on top of the left hand on the bottom. In this lighter sketch, it is possible to find the shape of the hand nearly identical to the one on top that is appropriately finished with volume and tones. Likely a first sketch for the same hand, where the artist would be deciding about the layout of the final composition. Even in this lighter sketch where he drew nothing but thin lines, it is possible to observe the regard for details and perfect anatomy notion that Da Vinci showcased through all his body of work.
The volume and light of the more detailed hands on this piece are worked with dark cross-hatching in silverpoint and white chalk for the lights. The combination of these materials produces a realistic sense of volume and light and shadow. The sketch gets more detailed as it runs down the arm, to the point where the tips of the fingers are worked all the way up to the nails and skin texture.
It is said that this might have been one of the preliminary studies used for the Mona Lisa final piece. However, the portion was cropped from somewhere else, and no evidence proves the intent of the study. Although it was very likely used in some of the famous Leonardo Da Vinci’s three-quarter portraits, the artist had the habit of sketch loose ideas and studies from the daily life, and it could be the case with this one. Some studies suggest that this would Ginevra de' Benci’s portrait, commissioned either by her fiancé Luigi Niccolini or her platonic lover Bernardo Bembo.
The image is currently part of the Royal Collection in the Windsor Castle, England.
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If you have any request to alter your reproduction of Study of hands, you must email us after placing your order and we'll have an artist contact you. If you have another image of Study of hands that you would like the artist to work from, please include it as an attachment. Otherwise, we will reproduce the above image for you exactly as it is.
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