Leonardo heart drawings included in new exhibition

The Wellcome Collection's first major exhibition, The Heart, will include a number dissection drawings of the heart by Leonardo da Vinci.

The Heart, an exhibition which explors the medical and cultural significance of the body’s most precious organ, will feature exhibits from the Egyptian Book of the Dead, the work of William Harvey, Leonardo da Vinci and Andy Warhol. It will be the first major exhibition in the new GBP 30 million Wellcome Collection, in June.

In addition, leading heart surgeon Francis Wells, who has pioneered a new operation inspired by Leonardo's drawings of heart valves, will perform an open-heart operation at Papworth Hospital, video-linked to a public audience in Wellcome Collection’s auditorium, as part of the launch events programme on the 5th July.

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