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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A bear's foot c.1488-90

RCIN 912372

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At the outset of Leonardo’s anatomical investigations he was unable to procure much human material, and many of his dissections were therefore of animals. Bears lived in the wild and were hunted in Italy in the fifteenth century. They were also kept in captivity by street entertainers and for baiting. Here Leonardo concentrates on the tendons of the foot and their attachments to the bones.