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The exhibition

The exhibition will be split into two spaces – a space to view the twelve drawings and an interactive space.

There will be a focus of drawing and materials, with the introductory space to the exhibition providing interactive elements encouraging visitors to draw. An on-going activity throughout the exhibition will ask visitors to draw a small square of A Bust of a Man, resulting in a large communal drawing.

Specimens from our own collection include a taxidermy half and half cat (half skin, half skeleton), a woodpecker showing muscles and tongue, along with a lizard from the spirit collection at Sheffield University. There will be footage of running water to reference Leonardo as one of the first people who tried to capture the image of running water, and to demonstrate the difficulty of this task . A case of materials Leonardo would have used will be displayed alongside the RCT video about materials he used.

In a separate gallery we also have a newly commissioned immersive piece of work created in response to Leonardo’s studies of water, by internationally-acclaimed digital studio, Universal Everything.

The income from your ticket contributes directly to The Royal Collection Trust, a registered charity. The aims of The Royal Collection Trust are the care and conservation of the Royal Collection, and the promotion of access and enjoyment through exhibitions, publications, loans and educational activities.