Embryo in the Womb

Embryo in the Womb

Artist Leonardo da Vinci

Date ca. 1510

Movement High Renaissance

Medium Pen drawing

Dimensions 12 x 8.5″

Housed at Royal Library, Windsor Castle


Da Vinci was scientifically inclined, and to that end performed numerous cadavers to expand his knowledge of the human anatomy—he used the Greek physician Galen’s writings as his guide. His detailed notes and illustrations brought the field of science to an entirely new level.