The human body is an extremely complicated system of systems. Complex, yet beautiful. Each part has its purpose; the organs should perform their functions; the overall balance of the human structure should be maintained. While studying the anatomy of the human body is as difficult as it is perplexing, the students would only fully understand if they actually see them visible in front of them. That’s what real studying is.
In the olden times, scientists relied only on animal dissections to study the parts and structures of the body. Then the time came when it was allowed to slice up dead bodies, usually of criminals, for scientific purposes. To record their discoveries and learning, scientists and doctors would sketch what they had seen. Leonardo da Vinci was one of those artist-anatomists whose detailed drawings of the skeletal structure, muscular system and organs became helpful in today’s study of the human body. A lot of dead bodies had to be dissected so as to complete and fully understand the complex system of the body. Nowadays, people rely on the newest technology for anatomical analysis before any procedure would be done.
Here are some of these anatomical illustrations that shaped the history of the study of the anatomy of the human body, including some of da Vinci’s work.
Leonardo da Vinci’s work – dated 1485-1540
Leonardo da Vinci studied the anatomy to improve his drawings of the human body; but he got obsessed and later studied it in detail. These are some of his work that was released in public.