Historians Dismissed These Doodles By Da Vinci, But They Contain A Massive Discovery For Science

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Image: via Wikimedia Commons / University of Cambridge

Leonardo Da Vinci is a name that conjures up all sorts of images. He was an artist and a scientist, renowned even now as being way ahead of his time. Furthermore, researchers are still discovering incredible things about Da Vinci’s life and work – and this latest discovery might just trump them all.

Image: Leonardo Da Vinci

In a tiny notebook researchers have found an amazing piece of work. It shows that Da Vinci understood something fundamental centuries before anyone else. However, there was a time when a drawing on the same page was considered far more important. It depicts an old woman and features the inscription, in Italian, “Mortal beauty passes and does not last.”

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Image: Leonardo Da Vinci

The notebook is held at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London. Discussion about the page in question had previously revolved around the drawing of the woman. Indeed, art historians believed that it could be a picture of Helen of Troy. As a result, no one paid that much attention to the other contents that the page contained.

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