Profile of a warrior in helmet (c.1472; Milan, Italy) by Leonardo da Vinci

Profile of a warrior in helmet - Leonardo da Vinci - c.1472; Milan, Italy

Artwork Information

TitleProfile of a warrior in helmet
ArtistLeonardo da Vinci
Datec.1472; Milan, Italy
Dimensions28.5 x 20.7 cm
Art MovementEarly Renaissance
Current LocationBritish Museum, London, UK

About Profile of a warrior in helmet

The artwork titled “Profile of a Warrior in Helmet” was created by the renowned artist Leonardo da Vinci around the year 1472, during his time in Milan, Italy. This piece is an exemplar of the Early Renaissance art movement and is completed using metalpoint on paper, including the use of silverpoint. The dimensions of this meticulous drawing are 28.5 by 20.7 centimeters. It is a portrait that captures the essence of the subject and is presently housed in the British Museum in London, United Kingdom.

The artwork depicts a side profile of a stern-faced warrior adorned in an elaborate helmet which features exquisite ornamental details, including curls, scrolls, and foliate forms that showcase the finesse of Leonardo’s draughtsmanship. The helmet is highly stylized with a wing-like adornment that sweeps back from the brow, suggesting movement and a decorated visor emphasizing the warrior’s gaze. Below the elaborate helmet, the warrior’s armor is equally detailed, with meticulously rendered segments reflecting Leonardo’s understanding of form and function in armor design.

The facial features of the subject are drawn with precision, capturing the intensity of the warrior’s expression and contributing to the overall dramatic impact of the portrait. The voluminous curls and the textures of both the helmet and armor display Leonardo’s commitment to realism and his fascination with the intricate designs of the time. This artwork stands as a testament to Leonardo da Vinci’s mastery in capturing the spirit of his subjects and his pivotal role in the progression of portrait drawing during the Renaissance.

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