Anatomical study of a woman

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14-Anatomical-study-of a-womanLeonardo would produce some two hundred detailed anatomical studies, based on the autopsies of some thirty cadavers. All but a few of these drawings wound up in the Royal Collection of Windsor Castle. In most cases, Leonardo undertook multiple dissections of a certain part of the human body in order to fully understand its functioning. Thus he performed three autopsies just to “properly discern the veins and arteries”; another set to reveal the “tendons, muscles, and ligaments”, and yet another group to study the “bones and cartilage.” Sometimes he was compelled to inject decomposing organs with liquid wax, in an effort to restore them to their original shape.

 

 

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