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Leonardo da Vinci



The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace

  • Daily (Thursday, 3 May 2012 - Sunday, 7 Oct 2012)

This exhibition is the largest ever of Leonardo da Vinci’s studies of the human body.

Leonardo has long been recognised as one of the great artists of the Renaissance, but he was also a pioneer in the understanding of human anatomy.  He intended to publish his ground-breaking work in a treatise on anatomy, and had he done so his discoveries would have transformed European knowledge of the subject. But on Leonardo’s death in 1519 the drawings remained a mass of undigested material among his private papers and their significance was effectively lost to the world for almost 400 years.

Today they are among the Royal Collection’s greatest treasures.

The multi award winning Leonardo da Vinci: Anatomy app, which accompanies the exhibition, is now available to buy on the app store.

View all of Leonardo's drawings in the Royal Collection here

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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.