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The timeless brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci

This news item about the anatomy drawings of Leonardo da Vinci looks like a good excuse to go to Edinburgh in August:

In a series of 30 pictures, the Royal Collection Trust will show da Vinci’s distinctive anatomical drawings alongside 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.

The Edinburgh Festival is mainly about the arts, rather than sciences, although in a way this exhibition transcends both. I hear mixed things about the Festival: it is, apparently, great fun but it can be a pain getting accomodation. My wife has never been to Scotland – an omission that needs to be sorted out soon.

And of course the da Vinci exhibition in this beautiful Scottish city is a reminder of the grand tradition of medicine in that part of the world.

 

 

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2 comments to The timeless brilliance of Leonardo da Vinci

  • M. Thompson

    Art, science, either when well expressed shows the glory of man.

  • mike

    “I hear mixed things about the Festival: it is, apparently, great fun but it can be a pain getting accomodation.”

    Try the B&Bs on the edge of the Pentlands just outside the city bypass – there may be one or two in places like Balerno and Riccarton, and these are in any case some of the nicest and quietest places in Edinburgh (though it might take you up to an hour to get into the city centre depending on traffic).