Black Berries - by Leonardo da Vinci

This red-chalk Black Berries drawing emphasizes the different way Leonardo has of looking at nature. Da Vinci had detached himself from the Florentine school and around 1505 arrived at this vision, much more animated and organic.

Emerging from the abstract geometrical space of the Florentine perspective, Leonardo takes into consideration all the atmospheric and optical effects of the physical space. This shoot of blackberry, lush with fruit and leaves, is not isolated from its environment to receive a more accurate formal definition, but acquires intense vitality directly from its immersion in the atmospheric environment which surrounds it, by the use of irregular and mobile effects of light and shadow.