Post by grrraaahhh on Jan 26, 2012 15:08:54 GMT -9
A Bear Walking, ca. 1490 Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, 1452–1519)
Leonardo da Vinci's abundant drawings and notebooks record his keen and tireless observation of all aspects of the natural world. This accurately rendered depiction of a bear walking was presumably drawn from life. (In one of his notebooks, the artist wrote of the presence of bears in the woods outside Milan.) It relates thematically to a small group of drawings of a bear's head and paws that Leonardo probably produced for an anatomical treatise. The faint outlines of a seated woman are visible beneath the drawing of the bear, indicating that Leonardo reused the sheet.