The Lungs and Other Viscera, c.1508
(After Leonardo da Vinci)
The botanical cadaver. The bulbous presciently Baroque liver. The rhizomatous intestinal infrastructure.
Lungs an elaborate epithelial embroidery. Adipose woven begonias, conspicuously stipulated. Scarious. Squamous crosshatch. Pseudostrati —
graphic marginalia. The crowded abdominal cavity an anatomical scriptorium… l’opere mirabile della natura. The calligraphic race
against putrefaction. Black chalk, pen and ink-wash, connective tissue… the marvellous works of nature…
 da Vinci’s drawing is likely based on the dissection of a pig.
Refer to Martin Clayton and Ron Philo, Leonardo da Vinci:
The Mechanics of Man, Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum,
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