Leonardo da Vinci by Leonardo da Vinci
Year c. 1512
Type: Red chalk on paper
Dimensions: 33.3 cm × 21.6 cm (13.1 in × 8.5 in)
Location: Biblioteca Reale, Turin
There is some debate as to how accurate of a representation this is to what Leonardo really looked like. He wouldn’t have been as old as he looks here when it was drawn. There are also some who say this might not even be by him or be a copy - I am not one of them! I think this totally by Leonardo himself.
This sketch is a lot more complicated and sophisticated that it appears. Since it aligns and combines over the face of the Mona Lisa there would have been some required alterations to his appearance to get it to fit over her face and for their combined faces to alter in a specific way.
This image is more like a mask and a puzzle than a traditional self portrait where the artist tries to represent themselves as…