Fig., 35

Allegorical drawing of Pleasure and Pain
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Dinesh said:

Leonardo’s many drawings of an old and young man juxtaposed in profile are evoked, in a tell way, in a haunting allegorical drawing that he made of figures representing Pleasure and Pain (fig.35). The young character depicting Pleasure has some of Salai’s looks. He is standing back-to-back and intertwined with the older man, who is the depiction of Pain. their bodies merge as their arms entangle. “Pleasure and Pain are represented as twins,” Leonardo wrote on the drawing, “because there never is one without the other. “ ~ Page 138

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