Leonardo da Vinci was the archetypal 'Renaissance man',
accomplished in painting, sculpture, architecture, music,
anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.
Only a small proportion of the drawings that survive are
connected directly with his paintings, or his sculptural,
architectural and engineering projects, many of which
were never realised. The remainder were Leonardo's
attempt to record and understand the infinite variety of
Leonardo always maintained that an image transmitted
knowledge more accurately and more concisely than words.
The sheets by Leonardo at Windsor, covering all aspects of
his activity, are the greatest treasure of the Royal Library.