Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy – A Renaissance App

4.5 Overall Score
Usability: 4.5/5
Design: 5/5
Duration: 4/5

A wealth of knowledge perfectly suited for iPad | Such interesting content | Beautiful

1.7 GB app | Could use deeper insight into the pages themselves in addition to chapters

Leonardo da Vinci was an amazing man that dabbled and excelled in so many different fields. He is most well known for his art including The Mona Lisa and The Last Supper, but he made great contributions as a scientist, mathematician, engineer, inventor, sculptor, architect, musician, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. Leonardo was the epitome of a Renaissance Man, and despite all of his other successes, really excelled in anatomy. Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy is a new app from Touch Press that contains his full anatomical work of 268 pages which is part of the Royal Collection of Queen Elizabeth II at Windsor Castle.

Leonardo didn’t do his major work in anatomy until the last ten years of his life, and yet provided ground breaking depictions of the heart, womb, skeletal structure, and muscular make-up. All of his findings which combine great knowledge and artistry are contained in this app that is one of the most deluxe reference apps created to date. First off, all 268 pages of Leonardo’s work are included at high resolution that are completely crisp on the new iPad, and can be zoomed in on. Also, you can view the translation directly on any page, and view a special mirror to decipher Leonardo’s backwards writing.

There’s also text describing each page which corresponds with the exhibition of the Queen’s Gallery. All of the pages are sorted in multiple ways whether it’s anatomy section, date, or through intelligent keyword searching. If that wasn’t enough, there are 11 detailed chapters of Leonardo’s life describing his anatomical work. Expert interview videos are included in each chapter, and there are also integrated 3D interactive models. The app provides a brilliant interface allowing you to fully enjoy all that it’s included, and you’ll end up having an appreciation for Leonardo like no other man in history. Each of the 268 pages offers so much, and it’s amazing to see how much he could figure out about anatomy in the 15th century, and perfectly depict his intelligent investigations with his brilliant artistry.

Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy ($13.99, iPad) is quite simply the best reference app as you’ll learn so much, and have such a good time doing so. This app is such a great example of what the iPad is capable of, and there’s just so much included that is presented so well digitally. Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy is a must buy that can’t have enough good things said about it.


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