Page from Leonardo's notebooks showing fortifications, late 15th century.
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Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) was an Italian painter, sculptor, architect, engineer and inventor of the Renaisance period. He had a wide knowledge and understanding far beyond his times of most of the sciences, including biology, anatomy, physiology, hydrodynamics, mechanics and aeronautics. His notebooks, written in mirror writing, contain original remarks on all of these areas. Barcode: 10315130 Science Museum Photo Studio Date: 24/01/06 Colour Profile: Adobe RGB (1998) Gamma Setting: 2.2 Please note: This image is not currently fully procesed.