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This sublime collection of drawings of human anatomy by Leonardo da Vinci is one of the greatest treasures from the Royal Collection of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle. All 268 pages from Leonardo's notebooks are presented here at the highest resolution, optimised for the pin-sharp retina display of the iPad. For the first time it is possible for anyone with an iPad to own and explore this remarkable testament to Leonardo's scientific and artistic genius.

This new digital edition has been specially created for the iPad by Touch Press, publishers of The Elements and Solar System, working in close partnership with the Royal Collection. The app provides the following special features:

• Beautiful interactive book interface

• All 268 of Leonardo’s anatomical drawings pinch-zoomable at high resolution

• Takes full advantage of the iPad's retina display

• A magic spyglass to decode Leonardo’s mirror writing

• Touch any of Leonardo's extensive notes to read in situ a typeset English translation

• Eleven story chapters, written by Martin Clayton, Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings at Windsor Castle, explaining Leonardo’s anatomical investigations and presenting over 70 selected works with interactive features

• Integrated 3D anatomical models from world-leading medical animators Primal Pictures, carefully matched to Leonardo’s illustrations and made interactive using rotational technology

• Expert interviews discussing the significance of Leonardo’s anatomical discoveries

• Comprehensive catalogue text for all drawings in the exhibition Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Man at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse (2 August – 10 November 2013)

• Intelligent keyword searching and collection navigation via a human body interface

This beautiful interactive edition of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical notebooks transcends the printed page. Here Leonardo's work is presented in a way that is both illuminating and a pleasure to explore. This is an edition for the 21st Century in a digital form that the archetypal Renaissance Man would most certainly have appreciated and approved.

Winner of the 2013 Webby Award, Education and Reference Tablet App.

Winner of the 2012 British Book Design and Production Awards, Best Use of MultiMedia.

Winner of the 2012 Lovie Awards (Gold), Education and Reference Tablet App.

Please note that a small number of Leonardo da Vinci's anatomical drawings are sexually explicit and parental guidance is advised.

What’s New

Version 2.0.0

New iPad Pro support added.
Bug fixes and optimizations.

Ratings and Reviews

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Mycroft Allan ,

Why can't all books be like this?

Bought the app after visiting the exhibition at Queen's Gallery. Both superb if you like Leonardo's drawings. Originals are really brought to life with the app, being able to zoom in, look at mirrored view of his writing and have his text translated on the drawings all fantastic in helping me understand his anatomy work.

Information button also provides a pop up explanation of each drawing. Again really helpful in providing immediate focussed information.

There are also some interactive images alongside a text by the curator of Windsor library on Leonardo's life and work with video snippets from experts talking about his work.

I thought the first few reviews were from 'sponsored' reviewers but the app was on display at the exhibition and after a quick play I bought it the minute I got home, it made the physical book look quite staid and boring, and it really does make you realise what they could do to bring books alive!

By far the most I've spent on an app but is good value if you treat it as the high quality book you are really purchasing and it won't get dusty on your bookshelf!

il Salaino ,


A beautifully produced title full of informative text and narrative that really brings the anatomical drawings of the great master to life. The ability to study these drawings at close hand and in high resolution is wonderful and with the added ability to 'decode' Leonardo's own notes makes this app truly unique.
I like the juxtaposition of the drawings and the modern 3D visualisations but I'm not sure they add that much to the understanding of the drawings and Leonardo's great skill as a scientist and artist. What they do try to do is demonstrate how accurate his direction and observational studies really where and this is truly staggering and thought provoking.

Touch Press set the bar quite high for these types of iPad apps. Well done

pugin ,

As good as it gets… (For the moment !)

A large download and apparently costly when compared to other offerings but the end product is superb, user-friendly and well worth every penny !

I'd intended going to see the exhibition itself but, to be honest, the content and the detail access provided by this App offers a far more immersive experience which can be fully explored at leisure… The last exhibition of Leonardo's drawings I went to was somewhat disappointing because the crowds effectively prevented attendees from indulging in extended, close-up viewing of the relatively small-scale artworks.

Not only does this App provide comprehensive coverage of Leonardo's anatomical output but the accompanying commentaries are informative and insightful whilst the various search options provide a range of options and extras to help ensure that the user doesn't miss anything.

Well designed in terms of both content and usability, this App sets a standard which I hope others will learn from.


Touch Press Inc
1.9 GB

Requires iOS 10.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.



Age Rating
Rated 12+ for the following:
Infrequent/Mild Medical/Treatment Information
Infrequent/Mild Sexual Content and Nudity
© TouchPress Ltd, 2019


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