The veins and muscles of the arm
The Royal Collection © 2012,
Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II
RL 19011v

The veins and muscles of the arm

c.1510

Leonardo da Vinci

Probably acquired by Charles II; Royal Collection by 1690

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While a grounding in human anatomy was a commonplace in the training of Renaissance artists, Leonardo was one of the few to conduct dissections himself. He first became seriously interested in the subject in the late 1480s, outlining a plan for a treatise on the subject and making a number of drawings based on a haphazard combination of animal dissection, human skeletal material and received wisdom. More