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Da Vinci anatomical drawings go on display

By T.K. Randall
May 1, 2012 · Comment icon 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 | Comments (10)




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Comment icon #1 Posted by Mentalcase 12 years ago
One of the darker moments of his life I would imagine. Where, under the cover of night, he was doing autopsies. Paying for dead bodies,e tc. Crazy when you think of it!
Comment icon #2 Posted by wolfknight 12 years ago
He was truely ahead of his time look at the things he invented.
Comment icon #3 Posted by sarah_444 12 years ago
Da Vinci wanted to better understand the human body and how it worked, but was also searching for the source of the soul while performing autopsies, something not too many people are aware of. A brilliant, questioning mind for sure.
Comment icon #4 Posted by Darkwind 12 years ago
You are lucky to have such a show come to your country. I would love to see to that one. Shows like that are once in a life time. I wonder if it will come to the US.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Lilly 12 years ago
I, too, wish this show would come to the USA...preferably to Boston (just because it's close to me).
Comment icon #6 Posted by King Fluffs 12 years ago
I was friends with Da Vinci for awhile... In Assassins Creed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by jules99 12 years ago
A job best done when sufferring from a heavy head cold and a blocked up nose. He achieved his drawings at a time where he may have been put to death had he been found out. What an amazingly talented man, a lantern in the darkness.
Comment icon #8 Posted by Is it for real 12 years ago
The greatest of all the old masters. Hell, the greatest artist/visionary ever. Period. Would love to see his work in person.
Comment icon #9 Posted by catfishyeah 12 years ago
The world's greatest artist and inventor. Did you guys know that he created designs for a helicopter?
Comment icon #10 Posted by Kryso 12 years ago
And considering at the time, human dissection was forbidden. One of the reason for his famous mirror writing, in case he's papers and drawings were found.


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