Tag Archives: Leonardo da Vinci

Matters of the heart

Chris Arthur Dundee, Scotland   Leonardo da Vinci, drawing of the human heart [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons Among the most impressive of Leonardo da Vinci’s anatomical studies are his drawings of the human heart. Beside one of them he has written: “How could you describe this heart in words without filling a whole book?” […]

In pursuit of a new anatomy

Roseanne F. Zhao Chicago, Illinois, United States   (Left) Standing figure–muscle plate from De humani corporis fabrica, libri septum, Basile: 1543 by Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564) (Right) The bones, muscles and tendons of the hand, c.1510-11–pen and ink with wash, over black chalk, 28.8 x 20.2cm, from Anatomical Manuscript A by Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519). The […]

Leonardo’s heart

Larry Zaroff Palo Alto, California, United States   Drawing of the heart and its blood vessels Leonardo Da Vinci (1452 – 1519) The surgeon comes to the operating room at seven a.m. for her eight o’clock mitral valve repair. A warm-up. Before any heart operation she always checks the elephants in the room. At that […]

Leonardo’s anatomical studies: from ancient imaginations to meticulous observations

Julia King New York, United States   Views of a Skull. c. 1489. Figure 1. Leonardo da Vinci Royal Collection © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. Source: http://www.drawingsofleonardo.org/ Leonardo da Vinci was a “Renaissance man” in the truest sense, contributing his inexhaustible talent to many fields, including anatomy. In a time when medicine was still […]

Leonardo da Vinci: anatomist

Applying himself to the study of anatomy, “Leonardo composed a book annotated in pen and ink in which he did meticulous drawings in red chalk of bodies he had dissected himself. He showed all the bone structure, adding in order all the nerves and covering them with muscles: the first attached to the skeleton, the […]