Views of a Foetus in the Womb (c. 1510 - 1512) is a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci.
Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings are far better than anyone ever says the Mona Lisa is. I really don’t give a goddamn solitary fuck about all the interpretations of it, his anatomical drawings are hauntingly beautiful and revolutionary for the time.
Word to that. Da Vinci’s innate understanding of form and function was so far ahead of his time that it’s nearly frightening. Sure, anatomical illustration saw its first real renaissance in the 1400s…
But THIS motherfucker. There is much attributed to his illustrious name, but his impacts on several arenas of fine art were absolutely priceless. Many don’t realize that he laid the groundwork for modern thought about continental drift less than 200 years after bubonic plague and religious zealotry ravaged Europe.
He made leaps and bounds in the world of dissection and anatomical illustration during a time when much of the world saw such as heresy. He created two of the greatest artistic masterpieces of all time and invented helicopters and tanks during THE SIXTEENTH GODDAMNED CENTURY. Who does that?!
Although his theories supposedly had no real impact on the scientific community his insatiable curiosity is endlessly inspiring to me. I for one am thankful he was born in Florence during the 1450s and had wealthy patrons.