Leonardo Hand Studies by Sweeney : English versions Last Updated: Oct 5, 2007 - 11:19:35 AM
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Leonardo Hand Studies by Sweeney : English versions
Il Mancino - Jan 18, 2007 - 7:45:05 PM

Drawing by J. William Littler M.D.
Figure 1: Drawing by J. William Littler M.D.
Do Leonardo da Vinci's works depict syndactyl or synpolydactyl hands?  Here is some compelling evidence...

Leonardo da Vinci, nearly 500 years after his death, is once again in the limelight. Perhaps more is unknown than known about this great artist. Scholarship varies and with it, old stereotypes wax and wane. Approaching his works with a fresh view requires an open mind and a willingness to accept the transparent. During the process some revelations will be obvious, while others may be controversial. A most fortuitous revisit of his hand studies has led to the conclusion that both the weary hand sketch and the left hand of Christ in The Last Supper are examples of syndactyl or synpolydactyl hands.

Leonardo Hand Studies by Sweeney : English versions
Leonardo's Hands FAQ - Feb 2, 2007 - 2:14:41 PM

Leonardo's Hands Fequently Asked Questions.  Here you will find answers and definitions to questions and terms related to the study of Leonardo's Hands.

Leonardo Hand Studies by Sweeney : English versions
Cristo Il Mancino (study of the left hand of Jesus Christ in the Last Supper) - May 6, 2006 - 10:21:45 AM

Why would Leonardo da Vinci paint Jesus Christ with an anomalous Left Hand?

The Last Supper depicts Christ's final dinner with his apostles prior to his crucifixion. Christ lets the apostles know that one of them will betray him and that he would be sacrificed. Most feel that the emotions shown are those of denial (Apostles) and sorrow (Christ).

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