Coition of a Hemisected Man and Woman  

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"Coition of a Hemisected Man and Woman"[1] (c. 1492) is an anatomical drawing of a human copulation by Leonardo. The marginalia, in mirror writing read:

"I expose men to the origin of their first, and perhaps second, reason for existing."
"Ici je voudrais montrer les causes d'innombrables maux et soufrances."

Havelock Ellis uses the drawing to illustrate the Venus obversa position:

"In all animals, even those most nearly allied to man, coitus is effected by the male approaching the female posteriorly. In man the normal method of male approach is anteriorly, face to face. Leonardo da Vinci, in a well-known drawing representing a sagittal section of a man and a woman connected in this position of so-called Venus obversa, has shown how well cussed early in the eighteenth centurv by Schurig in his Gyncecologia, adapted the position is to the normal position of the organs in the human species." --Studies In The Psychology Of Sex Volume II

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