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Exhibition

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

12 cities, one celebration, 1 February – 6 May 2018

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

The year 2019 sees the five hundredth anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, one of the greatest artists and scientists the world has known.

Leonardo was perhaps unique in the range of his achievements, and drawing lay at the heart of his creativity. He drew to prepare his artistic projects, to record the world around him, to pursue his scientific speculations, and to make visible the workings of his imagination.

The Royal Collection holds the finest surviving group of Leonardo’s drawings – more than 550 sheets that have been together since Leonardo’s death, acquired by King Charles II around 1670. As paper is damaged by light, these drawings cannot be on permanent display. So to mark this anniversary, Royal Collection Trust is collaborating with twelve museums and galleries to stage simultaneous exhibitions of Leonardo’s drawings across the United Kingdom. In the summer of 2019 all these drawings will be brought together in a single exhibition at The Queen’s Gallery in London, followed by a selection of these works at The Queen’s Gallery in Edinburgh in the winter of 2019-20.

 

The exhibition

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Recto: The cranium sectioned. Verso: The skull sectioned

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A design for a costume of an imaginary beast

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The arm of the Virgin

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A male nude seen from the back and side

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The head of St Anne

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

The bones and muscles of a bird's wing

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

Sketches for the Trivulzio monument and other studies

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A deluge

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A map of the Arno east of Florence

Leonardo da Vinci (Vinci 1452-Amboise 1519)

A scene in an arsenal

Map & directions

Ulster Museum, Botanic Ct, Belfast, BT9 5AB