Get a Human Skull, Describe Woodpecker's Tongue On Leonardo da Vinci's To Do List

Posted on April 5, 2012

Leonardo da Vinci Writings from 1510


An exhibition of Leonardo da Vinci's private papers and drawings on human anatomy is going on display at at The Queen's Gallery at Buckingham Palce. This exhibition, Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomist, is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci's studies of the human body. It runs from Friday, 4 May 2012 to Sunday, 7 October 2012.

The Guardian reports that the writings include a to-do list and packing list of the legendary genius. The list includes reminders by Leonardo to "get hold of a skull" and "describe the tongue of a woodpecker." Here are the items on the list:
Leonardo da Vinci Skull Drawing


The Telegraph reports that Exhibition curator Martin Clayton's says da Vinci's list may have been written before a journey to the University of Pavia, where he dissected corpses.

Photos: The Royal Collection