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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Leonardo da Vinci
Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci attributed to Francesco Melzi ©

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Next event: Friday, 23 Aug 2019
    Daily (Friday, 24 May 2019 - Sunday, 13 Oct 2019)
  • Adult £13.50
    Over 60 £12.20
    Student £10.80
    Under 17 / Disabled £6.70
    Under 5 Free
    Family (2 adults and 3 under 17s) £33.50

    If you are a disabled visitor we offer a free access companion ticket. To book please telephone +44 (0)303 123 7324 or e-mail [email protected]

    Due to the popularity of this exhibition, we recommend booking your tickets in advance. If you have a 1-Year Pass, please telephone us on +44 (0)303 123 7301 to book.
  • Adults, Groups (15+ people)

Marking the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, the exhibition brings together more than 200 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection, forming the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years.

Drawing served as Leonardo's laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation. The drawings by Leonardo in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist's death in 1519. Acquired during the reign of Charles II, they provide an unparalleled insight into the workings of Leonardo's mind and reflect the full range of his interests, including painting, sculpture, architecture, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany.


The drawings

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Two heads of grotesque animals

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: The skull sectioned. Verso: The cranium

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The head of Leda

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A deluge

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Map & directions

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1A 1AA
By train

London Victoria.  Visit National Rail Enquiries for times and fares.

By underground

Victoria, Green Park, St. James's Park and Hyde Park Corner.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.

By coach / bus

Bus numbers 11, 211, C1 and C10 stop on Buckingham Palace Road.  Victoria Coach Station is a 10-minute walk from the Palace.  For further information visit the Transport for London website.