Seated old man (c.1487 – c.1498; Milan, Italy) by Leonardo da Vinci

Seated old man - Leonardo da Vinci - c.1487 - c.1498; Milan, Italy

Artwork Information

TitleSeated old man
ArtistLeonardo da Vinci
Datec.1487 - c.1498; Milan, Italy
Art MovementHigh Renaissance

About Seated old man

The artwork entitled “Seated Old Man” is credited to the illustrious Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci, believed to have been created between circa 1487 and circa 1498 during da Vinci’s time in Milan, Italy. The medium of the piece is ink on paper, reflecting the High Renaissance movement of which da Vinci was a leading figure. Classified as a sketch and study, the artwork is part of the larger collection known as the Codex Atlanticus.

In examining the artwork, one can observe the portrayal of an elderly man seated in a contemplative pose. His body language suggests deep thought or melancholy, with one hand lifted to his face in a classical gesture of meditation or concern. The figure’s attire and the style of his cloak cloak drapery are intricately rendered, showing the artist’s keen eye for detail and understanding of fabric and form.

Da Vinci’s line work is precise yet fluid, capturing the texture of the man’s curly hair, the folds of the cloth, and the subtle expression of the subject with a masterful economy of stroke. The sketch appears to be a study of human anatomy and emotion, showcasing da Vinci’s relentless pursuit of knowledge in various disciplines. His sketches like this one served not only as a foundation for his larger works but also as a means to explore the complexities of the human physique and psyche. The background is lightly sketched, showing minimal detailing, which indicates that the focus is entirely on the figure itself, accentuating the introspective nature of the subject.

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