Leonardo Da Vinci: The Anatomy of Man: Drawings from the Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II

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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the greatest figures of the Italian Renaissance, is renowned not only for the artistic mastery of his painting and drawing but for the richness of his intellect and his insatiable curiosity about all aspects of the natural and man-made world. Leonardo was among the first artists to study human anatomy in great detail, and his anatomical drawings reveal him to be a gifted observer of the human body. He studied not only living men and women but cadavers, which he dissected with...
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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519), one of the greatest figures of the Italian Renaissance, is renowned not only for the artistic mastery of his painting and drawing but for the richness of his intellect and his insatiable curiosity about all aspects of the natural and man-made world. Leonardo was among the first artists to study human anatomy in great detail, and his anatomical drawings reveal him to be a gifted observer of the human body. He studied not only living men and women but cadavers, which he dissected with painstaking care in order to draw each vessel, muscle, and organ with ultimate precision. The Royal Library at Windsor Castle houses the finest private collection of drawings in the world, and its greatest treasure is a magnificent group of more than six hundred sheets by Leonardo. Reproduced here are forty-one of his finest anatomical drawings, incorporating countless studies and commentaries in the artist's hand. The sheets, dating from 1489 to c. 1513, show the remarkable evolution, of his drawing style as well as his anatomical knowledge. Images of great beauty and scientific interest, they herald Leonardo as one of the most accomplished artists in the history of anatomy.

"This collection of anatomical drawings by the Renaissance master holds artistic, historical, & physiological interest for both art & medical audiences."

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A fascinating hybrid, this book is at once a study of Leonardo as a draftsman and scientist, a history of the study of human anatomy and dissection, and the catalog of a touring exhibition. It contains drawings from the three periods of anatomical study made by Leonardo. Through the years, as he relied increasingly on dissection, his notions of internal structure and the interconnectedness of body systems grew more precise, and his representations of the muscles, skeleton, and viscera improved in detail and sophistication. Medical commentary by Philo, an anatomist at the University of Texas, and art-historical notes by Windsor Castle print curator Clayton accompany the exquisite sepia reproductions. A major new monograph on a most important Renaissance figure, this makes a worthy addition to all art collections. --Douglas F. Smith, Oakland P.L., Cal.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780821219164
  • Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
  • Publication date: 6/28/1992
  • Edition description: 1st ed
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 140
  • Product dimensions: 9.40 (w) x 12.27 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 6
Acknowledgments 8
Leonardo the Anatomist 11
Catalogue of the Exhibition 25
Concordances 139
A Note on Leonardo's Manuscripts 140
Abbreviations and Selected Bibliography 141
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