Studies for Hercules Holding a Club Seen in Frontal View, Male Nude Unsheathing a Sword, and the Movements of Water (Recto); Study for Hercules Holding a Club Seen in Rear View (Verso)

Leonardo da Vinci (Italian, Vinci 1452–1519 Amboise)

ca. 1506–8
Pen and brown ink; soft black chalk or charcoal (recto); soft black chalk or charcoal (verso)
5-3/8 x 5-1/2 in. (13.7 x 14 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Florence B. Selden Bequest and Rogers Fund, and Promised Gift of Leon D. and Debra R. Black, 2000
Accession Number:
2000.328a, b
  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Annotated on recto in graphite, lower left: "Leon. da Vinci"; on verso in pen and brown ink on lower border: "Leonard da Vinci"; along top: 205…

    Marking: Watermark: Cropped fleur-de-lis (?)

  • Provenance

    E. Desperet (French, Lyon 1804–1865 Paris); Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June, 7-13, 1865, lot 152; C. Paravey ; Hôtel Drouot, Paris, April 13, 1878, lot 135; Emile Calando (Paris, 1850–1900), his numbering on the verso; Emile Calando, son (French, Paris and Grasse, died 1953); Sotheby's, London, July 5, 2000, lot 7; Vendor: Sotheby's, London Donor: Leon D. and Debra R. Black, New York

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," September 11, 2000–December 4, 2000.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman," January 22, 2003–March 30, 2003.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

  • References

    Carmen C. Bambach "A Leonardo Drawing for The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Studies for a Statue of Hercules." Apollo. vol. 153, no. 469, March 2001, fig. no. 1-2, pp. 16-23., ill.

    Old Master Drawings. Sale cat., July 5. Sotheby's, London, London, 2000, cat. no. 7, pp. 16-17, ill.

    Carmen C. Bambach, Elizabeth Barker, Colta Ives, Michiel C. Plomp, Perrin Stein, Gary Tinterow "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 2000-2001." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 59, no. 2, Autumn 2001, p. 22, ill.

    Martin Clayton "Review of 'Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman' exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2003." Master Drawings. vol. 43, no. 3, Fall 2003, pp. 376-78.

    Françoise Viatte, Varena Forcione Leonard de Vinci. Dessins et manuscrits. Exh. cat.: Paris, Musée du Louvre, May 5 - July 14. Musée du Louvre, Paris, 2003, pp. 291, 292.

    Carmen C. Bambach Leonardo da Vinci: Master Draftsman. Exh. cat.: January 22 - March 30, 2003. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Yale University Press , New Haven and London, 2003, (entry by Carmen C. Bambach), cat. no. 101, pp. 539-544, ill.

    Giovanna Giacobello Bernard (ed.) Leonardo da Vinci: Capolavori in mostra. Exh. cat., Turin, Biblioteca Reale. Milan, 2006, cat. no. I.16., pp. 68-71.

    Carmen C. Bambach "Tuscan Drawings of the Quattrocento and Cinquecento in the Metropolitan Museum of Art 1998-2005." in Invisibile agli occhi: Atti della giornata di studio in ricordo di Lisa Venturini. Edited by Nicoletta Baldini, Fondazione di Studi di Storia dell'Arte Roberto Longhi, Florence, 2007, pp. 80, 90 n.30.

    Carlo Pedretti The Temple of the Soul: The Anatomy of Leonardo da Vinci between Mondinus and Berengarius. Second. Foligno, 2008, 208, 212, ill.

    Gary M. Radke, Philippe Sénéchal Leonardo da Vinci and the Art of Sculpture. Ex. cat. High Museum of Art, 2009, fig. no. 102, 168, ill.

    Leonardo: Il genio il mito. Ex. cat., Reggia di Venaria, Scuderie Juvarriane, Turin. Ed. by Carlo Pedretti, Paola Salvi, Pietro C. Marani, Cinisello Balsamo, Milan and Venaria Reale, 2011, p. 98.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History