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Twelve Leonardo da Vinci exhibitions open today across the UK

Release date: Friday, 1 February 2019

Leonardo da Vinci, A design for an equestrian monument, c.1485-88 ©

To mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection go on show today in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, gives the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist.  Twelve drawings selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo's interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – are on display at each venue in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland until 6 May 2019.

Following the exhibitions at Royal Collection Trust's partner venues, in May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace. A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019.

Curator of the exhibition, Martin Clayton, Head of Prints and Drawings, Royal Collection Trust, said: ‘In this “year of Leonardo”, we are delighted to be partnering with organisations around the UK on an ambitious programme of exhibitions and to be presenting at The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace the largest exhibition of Leonardo’s work in over 65 years.’

For more information please visit www.rct.uk/Leonardo500