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Leonardo da Vinci was right all along, new medical scans show

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Daily Telegraph: He has long been praised as one of the finest artists of the Renaissance, working far ahead of his time and producing some of the world’s most recognisable works.

But Leonardo da Vinci has finally received the credit he deserves for his “startling” medical accuracy hundreds of years in advance of his peers, as scientists match his anatomical drawings with modern day MRI scans.

In a series of 30 pictures, the Royal Collection Trust will show da Vinci’s distinctive anatomical drawingsalongside a newly-taken MRI or CT scan.

The comparison is intended to show just how accurate da Vinci was, despite his limited technology and lack of contemporary medical knowledge.


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2 Responses to Leonardo da Vinci was right all along, new medical scans show

  1. Munir Varraich

    April 24, 2014 at 12:32 am

    My interest in Leonado de Vinci is of a different nature. The phenomenon of “revelation” in one of its forms shifted from the Muslim World and was shifted to the secular scientist in the 15th century. Beyond that point it appears that the flood gates opened up and the “unknown” was made “known” to a mindset which was NOT bigoted. In the Islamic terminology “Khilafat” on the Earth was shifted and bestowed to the “secular” mindset, which continued until the advent of the Promised Masiha. It is at that point that the old sciences got an impetus and humankind was able to get off the ground, and succeeded to undertake space travels.


  2. shelly

    May 30, 2014 at 8:52 am

    I went to college for a double major in anthropology with concentration in comparative religion and the Caribbean (there’s a photo of me in a Caribbean folklore textbook hehe) and studio art, but also took many of the art history courses, specifically Medieval Flemish art and Renaissance art. I’ve also studied art history for fun, among other things (I’m disabled and can’t finish school, so I need something to keep me occupied). I have had a fascination with Da Vinci since I was a kid. The man was a genius. He also did exploratory autopsies on corpses, which is where these drawings come from, though it was technically illegal at the time. I also love how he thumbed his nose at the Vatican in Church commissioned religious art. It’s fun trying to pick out hidden symbols and such in his work. At any rate, this doesn’t surprise me. However, I do wonder the process he used when exposing the inner workings of a body to study them. Like filet? It’s kind of disturbing to think about in one sense, but the man was very scientific, centuries ahead of himself.

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