Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist

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    This book presents the complex evolution of Leonardo’s thinking on anatomy, from his first foray in the 1480s to his spellbinding studies of the workings of the heart from 1511-13, which continue to astound cardiac surgeons to this day.

    Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists ever to have lived. He dissected more than 30 human corpses in order to explore every aspect of anatomy and physiology.

    His findings are recorded in drawings of unparalleled beauty and lucidity, as well as in notes that bear witness to his astonishing insights into the subject.

    This book presents 87 of the finest of these documents – the largest showing of Leonardo’s anatomical studies there has ever been – with a full discussion of their anatomical content and their significance in Leonardo’s pioneering work. It is an essential work of reference for the Leonardo enthusiast as well as a unique exploration of the anatomy of the human body itself.

    Martin Clayton is Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust. He has published extensively on the drawings in the Royal Collection, including Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (2010), Castiglione: Lost Genius (2014), Leonardo da Vinici: A Life in Drawing (2018).

    Ron Philo is former Adjunct Associate Professor at the Department of Cellular Systems and Anatomy, Long School of Medicine, UT Health San Antonio.


    25 x 20 cm.

    256 pages.

    Over 120 colour illustrations.

    ISBN 978 1 909741 03 4


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