19 Drawings That Prove Leonardo da Vinci Was Way Ahead Of His Time

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If you've ever done research about Leonardo da Vinci, you may only know him as a painter. However, da Vinci only made 20 paintings before his death in 1519. In his career, for almost 50 years, he observed stars, designed weapons, invented many things, made sculptures, and was interested in science, music, architecture, mathematics, engineering, literature, geology, astronomy and anatomy. He was a typical renaissance man. Here are some of this extraordinary figure's drawings on the human anatomy, which include a lot of information about us:

1. Let's start with the most famous one: Vitruvian Man


2. Here is another drawing that shows the heart, some other internal organs and the main arteries of the body.


3. The muscles found on the arms and the shoulders, and foot bones.


4. Here is a depiction of a woman's body, which shows the main organs and the arteries.


5. Depiction of an embryo in the uterus.


Leonardo da Vinci tried to stick to nature in almost all of his work and this aim led him to the hospital morgues in Florence. In these morgues, he dissected the bodies of executed convicts and worked on them. He especially learned a lot about how the heart and circulatory system worked about a century before other researchers were interested in this field.

6. Here is a drawing on leg bones and muscles.


7. His works weren't just about people. Here, you see a depiction of a bear's foot.


8. One of his works on the heart.


In one of his experiences on the heart, da Vinci injected beeswax into a dead animal's heart and observed the swelling that happened in the aorta. His findings couldn't be observed until the 20th century by cardiologists and couldn't be proven until the 1980's.

9. A depiction of the female genitalia


10. Depictions of leg and foot bones.


11. His work on the neck, arm and chest muscles.


12. His work on the skeleton and the muscle system.


13. Drawings and depictions of some of the bones we have in our body and leg muscles.


14. Skull and the teeth


15. Depictions of the arm, back and neck muscles.


16. The main arteries and internal organs.


17. From the work he did on the face and arm muscles.


18. Writings and drawings of the uterus and embryo's development.


19. Tendons and foot bones.


Da Vinci wanted to put all these drawings together and turn them into a book, but sadly, he died in 1519 before doing so, and all his drawings were lost. Later, some of his drawings were found in the early 1600s and still a lot more are still considered missing.

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