Did Leonardo’s ‘claw hand’ stopped him painting many portraits?

Leonardo da Vinci may possibly experienced nerve deterioration in a fall, interfering with his capability to paint in later on in life, Italian medical professionals recommend.

They clinically diagnosed ulnar palsy, or “claw hand”, by examining the representation of his right hand in two artworks.

It was advised that Leonardo’s hand incapacity was the effect of a heart stroke.

However in the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine, the medical professionals propose it absolutely was nerve deterioration that meant he could no more hold a colour pallette and brush.

Leonardo da Vinci, who lived from 1452-1519, was in fact a great artist and inventor whose skills covered architecture, body structure, engineering and sculpture, along with painting.

But art historians have discussed which hand this individual utilized to draw and paint with.

Evaluation concerning his painting displays shading sloping from the upper left to lower right, indicating left-handedness. But almost all historic biographical papers propose Leonardo utilized his right hand when he was in fact putting together different works.


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