By Leonardo da Vinci
"It is a miracle that anybody guy must have saw, learn, and written down loads in one lifetime." — Kenneth Clark
Painter, sculptor, musician, scientist, architect, engineer, inventor . . . might be no different determine so totally embodies the Western perfect of "Renaissance man" as Leonardo da Vinci. Leonardo was once now not content material, despite the fact that, to grasp a creative strategy or list the mechanics of a tool; he used to be pushed by means of an insatiable interest to appreciate why. His writings, pursuits, and musings are uniformly characterised by means of an incisive, probing, wondering brain. It was once with this piercing highbrow scrutiny and specific medical thoroughness that Leonardo undertook the learn of the human body.
This unprecedented quantity reproduces greater than 1,200 of Leonardo's anatomical drawings on 215 sincerely published black-and-white plates. The drawings were prepared in chronological series to reveal Leonardo's improvement and development as an anatomist. Leonardo's textual content, which accompanies the drawings — occasionally explanatory, occasionally autobiographical and anecdotal — has been translated into English via the prestigious clinical professors Drs. O'Malley and Saunders. of their attention-grabbing biographical creation, the authors assessment Leonardo's place within the old improvement of anatomy and anatomical representation. every one plate is followed through explanatory notes and an overview of the person plate and a sign of its dating to the paintings as a whole.
While outstanding for his or her outstanding attractiveness and precision, Leonardo's anatomical drawings have been additionally a ways earlier than all modern paintings and scientifically the equivalent of something that seemed good into the 17th century. not like so much of his predecessors and contemporaries, Leonardo took not anything on belief and had religion simply in his personal observations and experiments. In anatomy, as in his different investigations, Leonardo's nice contrast is the actually clinical nature of his tools. Herein then are over 1,200 of Leonardo's anatomical illustrations prepared into 8 significant components of research: Osteological process, Myological procedure, Comparative Anatomy, anxious approach, breathing method, Alimentary method, Genito-Urinary procedure, and Embryology.
Artists, illustrators, physicians, scholars, lecturers, scientists, and appreciators of Leonardo's notable genius will locate in those 1,200 drawings the right union of paintings and technological know-how. conscientiously distinctive and exact of their facts, appealing and colourful of their approach, they continue to be this present day — approximately 5 centuries later — the best anatomical drawings ever made.