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Medicine: Leonardo's Anatomy Years (2012)


The exhibition represents two campaigns of intense work around 1490 and between 1507 and 1513, during which Leonardo dissected around 30 human corpses. He fully intended to publish his findings, and had he done so, he would have transformed the study of anatomy in Europe. Many of the bodily structures that he depicted would not be described again for centuries. But Leonardo's perfectionism, his difficulties in reconciling his observations with established beliefs about physiology, and simple bad luck prevented him from bringing his work to a conclusion.


Description Review of the exibit Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist at The Queen's Gallery, London, “about the years 1490 and between 1507 and 1513, during which Leonardo dissected around 30 human corpses.” (from the abstract)

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Authors & Contributors
Laurenza, Domenico
Hilloowala, Rumy
Salvi, Paola
Speranza, Laura
Vaglienti, Folco
Natale, Gianfranco
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Medicina Historica
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Notes and Records: The Royal Society Journal of the History of Science
Medical History
Zone Books
University of Massachusetts Press
Pennsylvania State University Press
Metropolitan Museum of Art
Leo S. Olschki
Human anatomy
Medicine and art
Human body
Leonardo da Vinci
Michelangelo Buonarroti
Genga, Bernardino
Vesalius, Andreas
Mondino de' Liuzzi
Time Periods
16th century
15th century
Early modern
17th century
Milan (Italy)
Bologna (Italy)
Florence (Italy)

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