Leonardo's Skull Drawing

The Human Skull was one of Leonardo's first dissectins in 1489. The skull is divided into two sections one showing the exterior with teeth and jaw the other showing the cavities within them. This skull drawing was the begining of Leonardo's exploration of anatomy, an exploration which lasted until 1513, 2 years after the death of Marcantonio della Torre died of the plague limiting Leonardo's access to cadavers. Anatomy at the time of Da Vinci was largely unscientific, flawed, and influenced by religion. Leonardo used his renaissance science methodological process to look at the body from a perspective free of the bias of the Catholic Church. The skull is now held in the Royal Collection along with many other works from Leonardo's Treatise on Anatomy.

Works Cited

Dunne, Aidan. “Art in Focus: Leonardo Da Vinci – The Skull Sectioned.” The Irish Times, The Irish Times, 2 Feb. 2019, Retreived from www.irishtimes.com/culture/art-and-design/visual-art/art-in-focus-leonar....

Jones, Roger. “Leonardo Da Vinci: Anatomist.” The British Journal of General Practice : the Journal of the Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of General Practitioners, June 2012, Retrieved from www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3361109/\.

“Verso: The Skull Sectioned.” Royal Collection Trust, Retreived from www.rct.uk/collection/919058/recto-the-cranium-sectioned-verso-the-skull....

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Event date:

circa. 1489