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Leonardo da Vinci : the mechanics of man

Author: Clayton Martin; Ronald Philo
Publisher: London : Royal Collection Enterprises ; Los Angeles : J. Paul Getty Museum, 2010.
Series: Royal Collection publications.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Overview: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. While his paintings were widely known in his day, only a few friends and associates had any intimation of the extent of his medical research. Leonardo's "Anatomical Manuscript A," created over the winter of 1510-11, is the only group of such drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the  Read more...
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Named Person: Leonardo, da Vinci; House of Windsor; Leonardo, da Vinci
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clayton Martin; Ronald Philo
ISBN: 9781606060209 1606060201 9781905686223 1905686226 9781905686292 1905686293
OCLC Number: 437186857
Description: 156 p. : col. ill. ; 32 cm.
Contents: Leonardo in 1510 : the anatomical manuscript A / Martin Clayton --
Glossary of anatomical terms in the anatomical manuscript A --
The anatomical manuscript A / Martin Clayton and Ron Philo --
List of works, media and references, and comparative figures.
Series Title: Royal Collection publications.
Other Titles: Mechanics of man
Responsibility: Martin Clayton, Ron Philo.

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Overview: Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) spent over twenty-five years investigating the workings of the human body. While his paintings were widely known in his day, only a few friends and associates had any intimation of the extent of his medical research. Leonardo's "Anatomical Manuscript A," created over the winter of 1510-11, is the only group of such drawings in which he approached complete coverage of the human form, and it represents his finest work in this area. This fascinating book presents a complete discussion of all the drawings in Manuscript A, not only as evidence of Leonardo's artistic genius, but also as the product of the sophisticated scientific investigations they represent. Each drawing records a meticulous human dissection and is extensively annotated with Leonardo's notes, questions, and memoranda to himself in "mirror-writing," (backward writing legible only when held up to a mirror, the motivations for which have been the subject of much speculation). Each drawing is reproduced twice: once in its original form and once with a new English translation in place of Leonardo's original notes. The authors comment on the accuracy of the anatomical renderings and the conclusions Leonardo draws from them.

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