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Leonardo the anatomist

Leonardo the anatomist

The gory truth about Leonardo’s mastery of human anatomy is that his insatiable curiosity and desire to represent living beings accurately led him to dissect not only animals, but humans as well, including at least one woman who died with an unborn baby in her womb. He obtained his specimens–usually dead criminals–from medical schools, according to French biographer Serge Bramly.

One of Leonardo’s most striking drawings is of a man and a woman coupling in cross-section. French urologist Antoine Faix told the regional newspaper La Nouvelle République: “This drawing is as correct as MRI images taken a few months ago in (the southern French city of) Montpellier.”