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Vitruvian Man
(Leonardo da Vinci, 1485-1490, Public domain)

The Drawings of Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's international fame is in good part attributable to his canvases, although barely twenty of them have resisted the wear and tear of time. However, not everyone is aware that the artist was equally the creator of an impressive collection of drawings, plans, and sketches.

In point of fact, over the course of his life, Leonardo da Vinci illustrated the pages of his scientific writings, made preparatory sketches for his paintings, laid out plans for his inventions, depicted the traits of scenes or characters who came to mind, and even devoted himself to the creation of caricatures.

Astonishingly, a few of his sketches illustrate scientific principles, mechanisms or instruments that resemble distant precursors of modern invention, the most famous of which is, unarguably, Vitruvian Man, equally known as Canon of Proportions or, less often, Proportions of Man.

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