Around 1480, when he was 28 years old, Leonardo da Vinci recorded what may have been a seminal event in his life. In writing of his travels to view nature he recounted an experience in a cave in the Tuscan countryside:
Having wandered for some distance among overhanging rocks, I can to the entrance of a great cavern... [and after some hesitation I entered] drawn by a desire to see whether there might be any marvelous thing within..."
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Etheridge, Kay. "Leonardo and the Whale." In Leonardo da Vinci – Nature and Architecture, edited by C. Moffat and S.Taglialagamba, 89-106. Leiden: Brill, 2019.
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