Leonardo da Vinci's “Bear Head” sketch will be featured in auction in July. (Photo credit: Christie's2021)
A small sketch of a bear's head made by Leonardo da Vinci could sell for up to $ 16,9 million in an upcoming vente aux enchères in London.
The sketch, known as the “Bear's Head,” measures 7 by 7 centimeters and was drawn on prepared pale pink-beige paper, according to a statement from Christie's auction house, which is organizing the sale of 8 July.
The sketch is one of less than eight drawings by Leonardo da Vinci belonging to individuals and not forming part of the Royal Collection and the Devonshire Collections in Chatsworth, UK, according to Christie's. Da Vinci made the sketch of the bear, which looks timidly to the side, using the silver tip, or a piece of silver as a thread. He learned this technique from his master Andrea del Verrocchio, an Italian painter and sculptor, according to the statement.
Leonardo da Vinci is best known for his paintings, such as the “Mona Lisa”, but he was also architect, inventor and scientist, according to Live Science. Da Vinci drew similar sketches of a bear's head in the first half of the 1480s, including two cats and a dog on display in the British Museum, a sketch of a dog's paws on display at the National Galleries of Scotland, and a sketch by 'a walking bear on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the statement said.
The “Bear's Head” resembles the face of an ermine that Vinci painted in the portrait of Cecilia Gallerani known as the “Lady with an Ermine”, which is kept at the Krakow Museum in Poland, according to the statement. .
The sketch can be traced back to the collection of English painter Sir Thomas Lawrence, the statement said. When Lawrence died in 1830, his dealer auctioned off the sketch at Christie's for $ 3,50 (£ 2,5). It was first exhibited in public in 1937 and has since been displayed in museums around the world.
Originally posted on Live Science