Leonardo da Vinci Drawings


Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest anatomists of all time. He dissected more than 30 human cadavers, studied every aspect of anatomy and physiology, and documented his findings with unparalleled beauty and clear imagery.

Leonardo studied anatomy to improve his drawings of the human body, but he also brought a scientist’s perspective to the discipline. Da Vinci’s early anatomical studies focused on bones and muscles, but he combined anatomy and physiology from the very beginning. Anatomists in Leonardo’s time often dissected stress-free bodies, such as drunks and tramps, whose bodies were usually male.