LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- He is renowned as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, but Leonardo da Vinci was also one of the greatest anatomists the world has ever seen.
Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man explores the artist's groundbreaking work in anatomy. His studies of the human body are presented alongside state-of-the-art modern medical imagery, revealing a Renaissance man centuries ahead of his time. This Royal Collection Trust exhibition includes 30 sheets of Leonardo's work, each crammed with studies and notes made in the artist's distinctive mirror-writing.
Many of the drawings were produced during the winter of 1510-1511, when Leonardo made some 20 human dissections. This work allowed him to illustrate almost every bond in the human body and many of the major muscle groups with astonishing accuracy.
On Leonardo's death, his anatomical studies remain among his personal papers and were lost to the world for hundreds of years. Had they been published at the time, they would have formed the most influential work on the human body ever produced. Five hundred years on, comparisons with CT and MRI scans show that Leonardo's work is still relevant to scientists today.
This is on display from Aug. 2 - Nov. 10 at The Queen's Gallery at the Palace of Holyroodhouse during the Edinburgh International Festival.
The award-winning Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app is available in the iTunes app store.