Leonardo da Vinci's Exhibit at Queen's Gallery in Buckingham Palace
Leonardo da Vinci’s formal training in anatomy began at a young age, with his apprenticeship to Andrea del Verrochio. Inspired by his teachings, da Vinci always strived to incorporate movement and expression into his paintings.
Da Vinci compiled hundreds of drawings and notes on the subject of anatomy, and had intended to publish his work as a treatise on the subject. Had his innovative work been published, it would have transformed European knowledge of the subject.
Upon his death in 1519, the papers and drawings were left to his heir, Francesco Melzi, for publication. Although a small portion of da Vinci’s anatomical works were included in his Treatise on Painting, the vast majority remained hidden from society for centuries.
Today, these drawings are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures. This unique exhibition can be seen at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace through October 7, 2012.
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