At the height of the Enlightenment a group of London surgeons took up Leonardo da Vinci’s pioneering anatomical work. But what did the Enlightenment mean to them, and how did they try to make new connections between the head and the hand?


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If Leonardo da Vinci could have chosen to work in another time and place, he might well have picked eighteenth-century London. Two centuries after he had completed his remarkable anatomical studies, this city was the most advanced and exciting centre of anatomical discovery in the world. But as we’ll discover, anatomy was never just the private pursuit of physicians and surgeons. This was science conducted in the public gaze, and artists, aristocrats and the thrill-seeking demi-monde flocked to witness dissections, operations and lectures by the stars of the day. Join us for an unforgettable journey into the heart (and other organs) of Enlightenment London.

This walk has been written in association with the Queen's Gallery summer 2012 exhibition 'Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist'.

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Distance: 1.8 miles / 2.9 kilometres

Start: Lincoln’s Inn Fields (nearest tube is Holborn)

End: St Bartholomew’s Hospital (nearest tubes are Farringdon / Barbican / St Paul’s)

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