Leonardo da Vinci (1452–1519) practised as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, costume designer, anatomist, botanist, map-maker and much more. The activity that unified these interests was drawing. Leonardo drew to develop his artistic and engineering projects, to record his perceptions of the world around him, to explore his own imagination and to think.
To mark the 500th anniversary of Leonardo’s death in 2019, selections of Leonardo's anatomical drawings will be displayed at the Bodleian's Weston Library as part of our exhibition Thinking 3D, which explores the ways three dimensional communication has developed over the last 500 years. This publication includes all drawings being exhibited over 200 others which provide an authoritative survey of the richness of Leonardo’s drawings.