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Leonardo da Vinci - Ritratto di fanciulla
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Leonardo da Vinci - Autoritratto
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Michelangelo Buonarotti - Testa maschile
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Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, detto Perugino - Giovane nudo accanto a un vecchio vestito all’orientale
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Raffaello Sanzio - Studio di giovane
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Album dei Pesci
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Album di pesci
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Album di pesci
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Album di uccelli
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Album dei fiori
Leonardo da Vinci - Ritratto di fanciulla
Leonardo da Vinci - Autoritratto
Michelangelo Buonarotti - Testa maschile
Pietro di Cristoforo Vannucci, detto Perugino - Giovane nudo accanto a un vecchio vestito all’orientale
Raffaello Sanzio - Studio di giovane
Album dei Pesci
Album di pesci
Album di pesci
Album di uccelli
Album dei fiori

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Description

The album is a collection of fifty-two drawings, probably set up at the beginning of the seventeenth century. The tables are characterized by remarkable heterogeneity for scientific accuracy and quality of the line and are attributable to different designers: generally each table shows the image of a single plant and there are rare repetitions of the same subject; the designs tend to reproduce the original size of the species and are therefore often large. The tables can be collected in three groups relating to different execution times. The first group, older, brings together small, precise but modest pictorial quality drawings, which represent whole plants, such as cyclamen or two small ferns. The drawings are made on a cardboard cut from time to time of different sizes, depending on the subject, and then glued to the album sheets. The second group represents many bulbous plants, particularly appreciated by collectors of the time, such as wild or cultivated daffodils, asphodels, lily of the valley, martagon lily, St. John's lily and some species of orchids. In these tables the species are almost always represented on blue paper, with great attention to the shape of the leaves and flowers but also of the underground organs, with remarkable scientific precision for the period. The third group contains drawings of great size and of considerable artistic and scientific value which mainly depict exotic plants, such as sunflowers, Fritillaria imperialis or Canna indica or native species of ornamental or medicinal interest - the castor for example -, which were repeatedly represented in the Herbariums painted at the time as in that of the Bolognese naturalist Ulisse Aldrovandi. The work was probably present in the Great Gallery of Carlo Emanuele I, based on the Torrini Inventory (1659).

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