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Leonardo Da Vinci: Form and Function of the Heart

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Leonardo's anatomical studies of the heart demonstrate the dependency of form and function on one another and that their combined activity leads to a comprehensive understanding of the cardiovascular system.

Leonardo's anatomical studies of the heart demonstrate the dependency of form and function on one another and that their combined activity leads to a comprehensive understanding of the cardiovascular system. While Leonardo was able to make incredible deductions regarding the heart's anatomy and physiology through the concepts of form and function, it is evident that his preconceptions hindered him from realizing the full scope of his individual findings. In this paper, I will evaluate the perception of anatomy, the manner in which anatomical knowledge was acquired, and the resultant traditional understanding of the cardiovascular system during Leonardo's lifetime. Leonardo's drawings of the heart will then be analyzed to determine what conclusions he was able to make regarding the heart's anatomy and physiology. Finally, I will compare Leonardo's findings to the modern understanding of the cardiovascular system. Because Leonardo's anatomical studies were hidden from the world for so long, many of his conclusions regarding the heart did not come to light before other individuals had already begun to reach them on their own. Although he made incredible leaps in the understanding of the cardiovascular system, he made little contribution to modern cardiology. Now Leonardo's work can only be examined retrospectively to determine the accuracies and inaccuracies of Leonardo's conclusions in comparison to our modern understanding.

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  • 2016-05

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Leonardo Da Vinci's Codex Leicester: An analysis of the Codex and the Exhibit at the Phoenix Art Museum

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Throughout his lifetime Leonardo Da Vinci was an ardent observer of natural phenomena. He sought to explain these phenomena and to understand how the natural world works. Being an illegitimate

Throughout his lifetime Leonardo Da Vinci was an ardent observer of natural phenomena. He sought to explain these phenomena and to understand how the natural world works. Being an illegitimate child he was forced to educate himself independently and that helped him develop a scientific mind that was not subject to the religious, traditional, and unproved biases of his contemporaries. In order to understand the world he kept many notebooks to record his observations. They are now known as codices. One Codex in particular was devoted, in its entirety, to scientific observation of geology, hydrological and astronomical processes. This is the Codex Leicester. Written in the latter part of his life, the Codex Leicester is a scientific marvel that contains within its pages, the discovery of stratigraphy, the theory that mountains can be built and eroded away, a refutation of the story of Noah's Ark, and the discovery of the process known as planet shine. In addition, the Phoenix Art Museum exhibited the Codex Leicester recently during the time period of January to April 2015. On loan from former Microsoft CEO and Chairman Bill Gates, the Codex was on full display surrounded by artwork meant to enrich the patron's experience. In this thesis I will review the exhibit examining its successes and failures in its attempt to educate the Phoenician public about Leonardo Da Vinci, the scientist.

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  • 2015-05

Authenticating Art: The Process, Valuation, and Importance of Artworks

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The overall purpose of this creative project was to explore the implications of art authentication as it relates to the process, valuation, and importance of artworks. The project was presented

The overall purpose of this creative project was to explore the implications of art authentication as it relates to the process, valuation, and importance of artworks. The project was presented in the form of a podcast as this type of content is increasingly becoming popularized as a form of strategy in the field of marketing. As content is becoming a new way of experession in this digitial world, it is a new form of art. Because of this, podacasts, as a form of content, nicely reflects a similar manner of expression in modern day as art has for years. The examination, in question, began with the recently authenticated and auctioned Leonardo da Vinci artworks, The Isleworth Mona Lisa and The Salvador Mundi. These works brought on questions regarding the history of forgery, the process of authentication, appraisal, and overall ownership of art. These questions were researched and presented with regards to the works listed above as well as other high-profile examples in order to discuss their insinuations on the modern art market. Overall, properly authenticated work can make an impact on multiple facets of the market which may grant much attention to these situations. Interestingly, much of the processes that are related to art in modern day are quite subjective or unregulated. For example, authentication can be highly influenced by the opinion of experts. Valuation and appraisal are both similar in this sense, as well. Because of this, it is difficult to make any firm judgements concerning the works in question.

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  • 2019-05