art history meme | 3/9 paintings: Head of a Female (La Scapigliata) by Leonardo da Vinci (c.1508)
La Scapigliata, meaning ‘dishevelled’, is an unfinished painting, however, certain parts of the face are finite and are reflected in the work of Leonardo. There is depicted a female head, with a hint of the shoulders, turned three-quarters to the left and downward sloping. The features are very gentle, round and slightly bulging eyeballs, the prominent nose, full lips accenting a smile and the rounded chin. The strong chiaroscuro lying on the face with highlights enhances the sculptural relief of the face and its angelic composure, however, it is interrupted by the vibrant hair, artfully dishevelled, curly and unruly, reminiscent of the principle outward expression of “movements of the soul”, one of the key principles of Leonardo’s poetry.