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Leonardo on the Human Body

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"It is a miracle that any one man should have observed, read, and written down so much in a single lifetime."—Kenneth Clark
Painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, architect, engineer, inventor . . . perhaps no other figure so fully embodies the Western Ideal of "Renaissance man" as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was not content, however, to master an artistic technique or record the mechanics of a device; he was driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand why. His writings, interests, and musings are uniformly ...

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Overview

"It is a miracle that any one man should have observed, read, and written down so much in a single lifetime."—Kenneth Clark
Painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, architect, engineer, inventor . . . perhaps no other figure so fully embodies the Western Ideal of "Renaissance man" as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was not content, however, to master an artistic technique or record the mechanics of a device; he was driven by an insatiable curiosity to understand why. His writings, interests, and musings are uniformly characterized by an incisive, probing, questioning mind. It was with this piercing intellectual scrutiny and detailed scientific thoroughness that Leonardo undertook the study of the human body.
This exceptional volume reproduces more than 1,200 of Leonardo's anatomical drawings on 215 clearly printed black-and-white plates. The drawings have been arranged in chronological sequence to display Leonardo's development and growth as an anatomist. Leonardo's text, which accompanies the drawings—sometimes explanatory, sometimes autobiographical and anecdotal—has been translated into English by the distinguished medical professors Drs. O'Malley and Saunders. In their fascinating biographical introduction, the authors evaluate Leonardo's position in the historical development of anatomy and anatomical illustration. Each plate is accompanied by explanatory notes and an evaluation of the individual plate and an indication of its relationship to the work as a whole.
While notable for their extraordinary beauty and precision, Leonardo's anatomical drawings were also far in advance of all contemporary work and scientifically the equal of anything that appeared well into the seventeenth century. Unlike most of his predecessors and contemporaries, Leonardo took nothing on trust and had faith only in his own observations and experiments. In anatomy, as in his other investigations, Leonardo's great distinction is the truly scientific nature of his methods. Herein then are over 1,200 of Leonardo's anatomical illustrations organized into eight major areas of study: Osteological System, Myological System, Comparative Anatomy, Nervous System, Respiratory System, Alimentary System, Genito-Urinary System, and Embryology.
Artists, illustrators, physicians, students, teachers, scientists, and appreciators of Leonardo's extraordinary genius will find in these 1,200 drawings the perfect union of art and science. Carefully detailed and accurate in their data, beautiful and vibrant in their technique, they remain today—nearly five centuries later—the finest anatomical drawings ever made.
Dover (1983) unabridged and unaltered republication of Leonardo da Vinci on the Human Body: The Anatomical, Physiological, and Embryological Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci, originally published by Henry Schuman, New York, 1952.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780486244839
  • Publisher: Dover Publications
  • Publication date: 9/1/1983
  • Series: Dover Fine Art, History of Art Series
  • Edition description: Unabridged Edition
  • Pages: 506
  • Sales rank: 300,138
  • Product dimensions: 8.40 (w) x 10.99 (h) x 1.12 (d)

Table of Contents

introduction
 anatomical illustration before Leonardo
 life of Leonardo da Vinci
 Leonardo's anatomical achievements
 plans for the anatomical treatise
illustrations
 OSTEOLOGICAL SYSTEM
 plate
 1 the skelton
 2 the vertebral column
 3 the skull: anterior view
 4-5 the skull: lateral view
 6 the skull: interior view
 7 the skull: interior view and sagittal suture
 8-9 the upper extremity
 10 representation of the hand
 11-13 the lower extremity
 MYOLOGICAL SYSTEM
 14-32 myology of trunk
 33-39 myology of head and neck
 40-50 myology of shoulder region
 51-57 myology of upper extremity
 58-80 myology of lower extremity
 COMPARATIVE ANATOMY
 81-85 comparative anatomy
 86-88 heart: superficial view
 89-106 ventricles of the heart
 107-115 aortic pulmonary valves
 116-141 cardiovascular system
 NERVOUS SYSTEM
 142-149 central nervous system and cranial nerves
 150 peripheral nerves: intercostal
 151-158 peripheral nerves: upper extremity
 159-168 peripheral nerves: lower extremity
 RESPIRATORY SYSTEM
 169-179 respiratory system
 ALIMENTARY SYSTEM
 180-189 alimentary system
 GENITO-URINARY SYSTEM
 190-207 genito-urinary system
 EMBRYOLOGY
 208-215 EMBRYOLOGY
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