Some scholars believe that Leonardo’s depictions of a fetus in the womb are among the most beautiful work he ever produced. It’s simple and profound, especially for its time. His anatomical studies could have transformed medical science, but he never published them. The world had to wait for Andreas Vesalius and Jan Stephan van Calcar to produce their own book, De Humani Corporis Fabrica Libri Septem aka On the Fabric of the Human Body.

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