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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

by Martin Clayton, Ronald Philo
     
 

Leonardo da Vinci is among the greatest draftsmen ever to have lived, and his anatomical drawings combine his almost unsurpassed artistic skill with his dexterity in dissection and his extensive knowledge of the structures he uncovered.

Now in paperback, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man reproduces Leonardo’s Manuscript A, the

Overview

Leonardo da Vinci is among the greatest draftsmen ever to have lived, and his anatomical drawings combine his almost unsurpassed artistic skill with his dexterity in dissection and his extensive knowledge of the structures he uncovered.

Now in paperback, Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man reproduces Leonardo’s Manuscript A, the written record of a campaign of human dissections completed during the winter of 1510-11. Although his studies of human anatomy span more than twenty-five years, this is the only group of drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the human form, and it also represents his finest work in this area. Each of the drawings is reproduced to its original size and includes Leonardo’s extensive annotations made in his distinctive “mirror-writing.” Accompanying each of the drawings is a second, smaller reproduction with the text in English-language translation, rendering the thinking behind these beautiful drawings accessible to the general reader.

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 "This book...is engaging and exquisite and holds great appeal to the general reader."—Library Journal

 "A valuable reference . . . Recommended."—Choice

Library Journal
This set of drawings dating to 1510 represents one of the earliest attempts to portray realistically the bones and muscles of the human body as exposed in cadavers rather than as extrapolations from cut-up pigs or mere fanciful ideas of what the human body should look like. Leonardo's superb skills are fully shown in these precise, shaded ink drawings, with annotations in his characteristic mirror writing. Each of the pages of drawings is reproduced with his original notes, while another reproduction is overlaid with a modern English translation. Modern anatomists can easily follow Leonardo's thinking; the few mistakes he made are noted in the explanatory text that accompanies each page. A brief introduction gives a sketch of Leonardo's life and some commentary on what he might have intended to do with this collection. VERDICT These are not merely anatomical curiosities but valuable background for artists interested in human figuration and a treasure trove for historians of science concerned with the development of modern medicine. This book will be most valuable to historians and artists, but it is engaging and exquisite and holds great appeal to the general reader. Recommended for art, academic, and public libraries.—David McClelland, Philadelphia

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781606060209
Publisher:
Getty Publications
Publication date:
03/23/2010
Edition description:
1
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
712,926
Product dimensions:
8.80(w) x 12.30(h) x 0.80(d)

Meet the Author

Martin Clayton is curator of the print room at Windsor Castle.

Ron Philo is adjunct associate professor in the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio.

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