Study of a dragon

Study of a dragon c1512-13

In this drawing, Leonardo creates an imaginary monster reminiscent of a Chinese dragon. The proportions and manner in which the body and head of the dragon are articulated in this drawing seems to suggest that this is a design for a costume to house two performers, in the manner of a pantomime horse.

The designing of costumes and props for festivities, masquerades and theatrical productions was an enduring interest of Leonardo’s, of which little evidence survives today.

  • Medium Pen and ink over black chalk or charcoal
  • Size 18.8 x 27 cm
  • Location The Royal Collection

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