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Top-News  |  24. September 2019

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of Leda, c.1505-8, Credit: Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019;

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. Credit: Royal Collection Trust / (c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019;

The Leoni binding, c.1590, Credit: Royal Collection Trust/(c) Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2019

Last Chance to see da Vinci in London

In November 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 80 of the Renaissance master’s greatest drawings will go on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse, in the largest exhibition of the artist’s work ever to be seen in Scotland.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing explores the full range of Leonardo’s interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – providing a comprehensive survey of Leonardo’s life and a unique insight into the workings of his mind. Many of the works in the exhibition will be on display in Scotland for the first time.

Revered in his day as a painter, Leonardo completed only around 20 paintings; he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive; he was a military and civil engineer who plotted with Machiavelli to divert the river Arno, but the scheme was never executed; he was an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published; he planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished. As so much of his life's work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo's greatest achievements survive only in his drawings and manuscripts. The drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist’s death in 1519, and entered the Collection during the reign of Charles II, around 1670.

 

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (24 May – 13 October 2019) is currently on display at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace.

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