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Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The cardiovascular system and principal organs of a woman c.1509-10

RCIN 912281

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This magnificent drawing combines a range of material – Leonardo’s findings from his dissection of an old man in Santa Maria Nuova; ancient beliefs such as a seven-chambered uterus; and observations from animal dissections, such as the large uterine ligaments, extending to the flanks. Leonardo then pricked through the sheet to use it as a template for further drawings.