From military machines to playful cats, Leonardo’s extraordinary drawings capture his incessant curiosity.

Leonardo and his drawings

Leonardo: Anatomist
Human cadavers and dead cows—Leonardo dissected both. He kept his notes private, but paintings betrayed this work.

Leonardo: Anatomist

Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa
Seductive—or maternal? Smiling—or just smug? Sure, we all know this woman, but we’ve yet to figure her out.

Leonardo, Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci, Portrait of a man in red chalk (self-portrait), c. 1512, red chalk on paper (Biblioteca Reale, Turin) - detail
Hired by bankers, kings, and dukes, this Renaissance man dreamed up machines and put ancient theory into practice.

About Leonardo