Leonardo and the eye

  • Robert Weale
Part of the Academiae Ophthalmologicae Internationalis book series (ACOI, volume 1)


It is curious that the many facets of Leonardo’s Notebooks that have been studied have excluded what he had to say about the eye. True, Keele (1980), in his monumental work on the artist’s anatomical drawings kept at Windsor, deals with some ophthalmic points. But, understandably, he has not sought out what might be of interest to eye and vision specialists, and so missed information that sheds light not only on Leonardo’s own eyes, but also on aspects of his painting which may be of interest to historians of art.


Optic Nerve Apparent Size Crystalline Lens Image Construction Monumental Work 
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  1. Dugaćki V. Prvi naś znanstventi traktat o fiziolośkoj optici. (Our first known treatise on physiological optics). Jugosl oftalm arh 1977; 3: 4: 17–22.Google Scholar
  2. Keele KD. Leonardo da Vinci’s elements of the science of man. New York, London: Academic Press, 1983.Google Scholar

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© Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht 1988

Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Weale
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  1. 1.Department of Visual Science, Institute of OphthalmologyUniversity of LondonLondonUK

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