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Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man

He is renowned as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance – but Leonardo da Vinci was also one of the greatest anatomists the world has ever seen.

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man (2 August - 10 November) explores the artist’s groundbreaking work in anatomy. His studies of the human body are presented alongside state-of-the-art modern medical imagery, revealing a Renaissance man centuries ahead of his time. This Royal Collection Trust exhibition includes 30 sheets of Leonardo’s work, each crammed with studies and notes made in the artist’s distinctive mirror-writing.

Many of the drawings were produced during the winter of 1510-11, when Leonardo made some 20 human dissections. This work allowed him to illustrate almost every bone in the human body and many of the major muscle groups with astonishing accuracy.

On Leonardo’s death, his anatomical studies remained among his personal papers and were lost to the world for hundreds of years. Had they been published at the time, they would have formed the most infl uential work on the human body ever produced. Five hundred years on, comparisons with CT and MRI scans show that Leonardo’s work is still relevant to scientists today.

5 Stars- The Scotsman

Please note, this exhibition runs from 2 August - 10 November 2013 at The Queen's Gallery. To book tickets for outwith the Festival dates, please visit the Hub Tickets website here.

2-31 August 2013

  • The Queen's Gallery
  • £6.25

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book. The 2019 programme will be available from Wednesday 27 March at 10am.