The seed-heads of two rushes (Scirpus lacustris and Cyperus sp.), with notes
Pen and ink
19.5 x 14.5 cm
A study of the head of a rush with clusters of seeds like ears of corn breaking at the points, with notes beside it. Below is a study of the head of a rush with long leaves and clusters of thin curving seed-pods, again with notes beside it.
The sheet is laid out in the same formal manner as many of Leonardo’s other scientific sheets. The accompanying notes - in Leonardo’s habitual mirror-writing -discuss the form and habitat of the rushes. The names of the individual species were not known to Leonardo, who referred to them as the ‘third’ and ‘fourth kind of rush’."
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This website started as a way to post research for a book I was working on for the previous 11 years (various titles) but has since been abandoned, perhaps to be revisited in the future, but until then I am working on other project(s) which are upcoming and heavily influenced by my "da Vinci days" albeit focused more towards the future than the past - which I guess you could say is what I learned from Leo. "Think well to the end, consider the end first."