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The exhibition

The selection of works focuses on the body and clearly demonstrates Leonardo’s use of drawing to gain an unrivalled understanding of human anatomy. The exhibition includes anatomical studies, caricatures, idealised male and female bodies, drapery, figures in action and studies of an infant and foetus. The selection demonstrates the variety of techniques he used, from pen and ink and watercolour to red and black chalks and metal point, as well as his mastery in depicting ideal and grotesque physical features. Alongside the exhibition we will show a selection of works from our collection, reflecting on the depiction of the body in art.

Royal Collection drawings on display:

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The head of a youth in profile

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Sketches of a woman, bust length

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A nude youth as St John the Baptist

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Two grotesque profiles

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A standing male nude

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Studies of a baby

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The major organs and vessels

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A woman in a landscape

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The arm of St Peter