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Written by Helen van Raaij

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Da Vinci's anatomical studies

Anatomy, engineering, science, architecture, painting, writing and many more areas of interest. Credited with inventions like the parachute, considered to be one of the greatest painters of all time, and called the father of architecture. Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) started working in Milan, followed by Rome, Venice and France.  

Leonardo started his “Anatomical studies” around 1506, with dissecting an old man. Even before that, his very first dissections and drawings were of animals.

He wanted to know how the human body was build and how it worked by seeing it with his own eyes. The drawings of blood vessels, nerves and muscles were only possible after dissecting many corpses. Leonardo discovered that the heart is the core of our blood system, and was the first to describe atherosclerosis.

Leonardo used wax to define the cerebral ventricles, made a glass aorta to study the blood flow (by using water) and described the coronary sinuses. A very creative person if we may say so!

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Tags: Leonardo da Vinci, Drawings, Dissection, Anatomical studies

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