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Da Vinci anatomical drawings go on display
By T.K. Randall
May 1, 2012 · 10 comments
Image Credit: Leonardo Da Vinci
A new exhibition will showcase Leonardo Da Vinci's remarkably accurate drawings of the human body.
Da Vinci made thousands of pages worth of notes and drawings, many of which depicting parts of the human body in unprecedented detail. Unfortunately he died before his treatise on the body could be completed and the notes were never published. Modern anatomists have marvelled at how accurate and advanced Da Vinci's drawings were considering they were drawn 500 years ago.
Professor Peter Abrahams has been examining the sketches. "Leonardo was a meticulous observer, and a meticulous experimental scientist," he said. "He drew what he saw, and he had the ability to draw what he saw absolutely perfectly."
Da Vinci's drawings will be going on display at the Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palace this week.
Based on what survives, clinical anatomists believe that Leonardo's anatomical work was hundreds of years ahead of its time, and in some respects it can still help us understand the body today.
Source: BBC News
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