Page 76. " 'Leonardo da Vinci drew cadavers,' Ruth said softly. "

Leonardo da Vinci studied anatomy in unprecedented detail, drawing cadavers secretively obtained. The Church forbade the defiling of human corpses and it was a criminal offence that could have lead to a prison sentence.

Leonardo admired the machine-like qualities of the human body, and was fascinated by the function of the muscles, the circulatory system, the eye, and the process of conception and growth of the foetus in the womb.

 

Page 96. " in the hidden valley of Norway, he saw wooden stave churches "
Stave church at Borgund, Norway
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Page 96. " the Church of the Transfiguration "
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The Church of the Transfiguration, Belozersk, Vologda, Russia
Public DomainThe Church of the Transfiguration, Belozersk, Vologda, Russia - Credit: Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii Collection