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In pictures: Da Vinci at the V&A

Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci, by one of his students.

The Victoria & Albert Museum in London is to display work by the art, science and engineering genius Leonardo da Vinci.

"Irrigation systems" of the female body; respiratory, vascular and urino-genital (c.1507-8).

The museum promises some of da Vinci's "most complex and challenging designs" when the exhibition opens on Thursday.

Determining the volume of regular and irregular solids (c.1505).

The V&A says: "The intensity, variety and unpredictability of what happens on a single sheet are unparalleled."

Vertical and horizontal sections of the human head and eye (c.1489).

The exhibition's four themes will include The Mind's Eye, exploring the relationship between the eye and the brain.

Vessels of the arm with comparison of vessels in the old and the young (c.1508).

The gallery has gathered 60 drawings from British collections, which are being brought together for the first time.

Studies of the heart of an ox (c.1513).

Da Vinci's scientific achievements are ranked alongside his artistic masterpieces such as the Mona Lisa.

Flying machine in the V&A that was built by SkySport Engineering in 2002 based on drawings by da Vinci.

Huge models of some of da Vinci's designs will be on display - including his flying machine, tank and giant crossbow.

Horses in action, with studies of expression in horses, lion and man, and an architectural ground plan (c.1505).

Some of the drawings will be brought to life with computer animations. The exhibition runs until 7 January 2007.




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