Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

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In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 12 of the Renaissance master's drawings from the Royal Collection will go on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as part of 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist, with 144 of his greatest drawings from the Royal Collection forming the 12 exhibitions.

Twelve drawings, selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo's interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at each venue.

As the only venue in the Midlands, visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) will see the intricacy of Leonardo’s work through 12 works never seen in the city before. Drawings on display will include the Head of an Old Bearded Man (c.1517-18), and A Map of the Valdichiana (c.1503-4).

Revered in his day as a painter, Leonardo completed only around 20 paintings; he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive; he was a military and civil engineer who plotted with Machiavelli to divert the river Arno, but the scheme was never executed; he was an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published; he planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished. As so much of his life's work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo's greatest achievements are to be found on sheets of paper.

The drawings in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist's death, and provide an unparalleled insight into Leonardo's investigations and the workings of his mind.

Leonardo firmly believed that visual evidence was more persuasive than academic argument, for an image conveyed knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Few of his surviving drawings were intended for others to see: drawing served as his laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation.

The exhibition in Birmingham will be accompanied by an engaging education programme which will help to bring Leonardo’s techniques alive for visitors, along with a series of talks and tours.

The exhibitions Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint. They will also present new information about Leonardo's working practices and creative process, gathered through technical research using a range of techniques including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence. The findings will be brought together in a groundbreaking new book, Leonardo: A Closer Look, published by Royal Collection Trust in February 2019.

Following the exhibitions at Royal Collection Trust's partner venues, in May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years. A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019, the largest group of Leonardo's works ever shown in Scotland. This will take place 22 November 2019 – 15 March 2020.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (1 February – 6 May 2019) exhibitions

 will be taking place simultaneously at the following locations:



Ulster Museum, Belfast

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

National Museum Cardiff 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

Leeds Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Manchester Art Gallery

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Southampton City Art Gallery

Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens 

A further location to be announced

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (24 May – 13 October 2019) 

Exhibition of over 200 drawings

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

For more information visit

www.royalcollection.org.uk/Leonardo 500





Images:

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of an old bearded man, c.1517-18 RCIN 912499Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Leonardo da Vinci, A map of the Valdichiana, c.1503-6 RCIN 912278Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Selection of further exhibitions in: United kingdom

18.10.2019 - 23.02.2020
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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31.05.2019 - 26.08.2019
22.09.2019 - 14.09.2020
02.02.2019 - 05.01.2020
Manchester Art Gallery
Mosley Street
Manchester

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10.11.2018 - 31.03.2020
Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
Chamberlain Square
Birmingham

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26.11.2019 - 26.04.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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24.09.2019 - 23.02.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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29.06.2019 - 12.01.2020
08.10.2019 - 05.01.2020
The Fitzwilliam Museum
Trumpington Street
Cambridge

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01.02.2019 - 23.11.2019
26.04.2018 - 17.09.2019
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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26.04.2019 - 17.09.2019
Design Museum
28 Shad Thames
London

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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Main address: Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square B3 3DH Birmingham, United kingdom Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery Chamberlain Square B3 3DH Birmingham, United kingdom In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 12 of the Renaissance master's drawings from the Royal Collection will go on display at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery, as part of 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing, a nationwide event, will give the widest-ever UK audience the opportunity to see the work of this extraordinary artist, with 144 of his greatest drawings from the Royal Collection forming the 12 exhibitions.

Twelve drawings, selected to reflect the full range of Leonardo's interests – painting, sculpture, architecture, music, anatomy, engineering, cartography, geology and botany – will be shown at each venue.

As the only venue in the Midlands, visitors to Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG) will see the intricacy of Leonardo’s work through 12 works never seen in the city before. Drawings on display will include the Head of an Old Bearded Man (c.1517-18), and A Map of the Valdichiana (c.1503-4).

Revered in his day as a painter, Leonardo completed only around 20 paintings; he was respected as a sculptor and architect, but no sculpture or buildings by him survive; he was a military and civil engineer who plotted with Machiavelli to divert the river Arno, but the scheme was never executed; he was an anatomist and dissected 30 human corpses, but his ground-breaking anatomical work was never published; he planned treatises on painting, water, mechanics, the growth of plants and many other subjects, but none was ever finished. As so much of his life's work was unrealised or destroyed, Leonardo's greatest achievements are to be found on sheets of paper.

The drawings in the Royal Collection have been together as a group since the artist's death, and provide an unparalleled insight into Leonardo's investigations and the workings of his mind.

Leonardo firmly believed that visual evidence was more persuasive than academic argument, for an image conveyed knowledge more accurately and concisely than any words. Few of his surviving drawings were intended for others to see: drawing served as his laboratory, allowing him to work out his ideas on paper and search for the universal laws that he believed underpinned all of creation.

The exhibition in Birmingham will be accompanied by an engaging education programme which will help to bring Leonardo’s techniques alive for visitors, along with a series of talks and tours.

The exhibitions Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint. They will also present new information about Leonardo's working practices and creative process, gathered through technical research using a range of techniques including ultraviolet imaging, infrared reflectography and X-ray fluorescence. The findings will be brought together in a groundbreaking new book, Leonardo: A Closer Look, published by Royal Collection Trust in February 2019.

Following the exhibitions at Royal Collection Trust's partner venues, in May 2019 the drawings will be brought together to form part of an exhibition of over 200 sheets at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, the largest exhibition of Leonardo's work in over 65 years. A selection of 80 drawings will then travel to The Queen's Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse in November 2019, the largest group of Leonardo's works ever shown in Scotland. This will take place 22 November 2019 – 15 March 2020.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (1 February – 6 May 2019) exhibitions

 will be taking place simultaneously at the following locations:



Ulster Museum, Belfast

Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery

Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

National Museum Cardiff 

Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum, Glasgow

Leeds Art Gallery

Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool

Manchester Art Gallery

Millennium Gallery, Sheffield

Southampton City Art Gallery

Sunderland Museums and Winter Gardens 

A further location to be announced

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing (24 May – 13 October 2019) 

Exhibition of over 200 drawings

The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London

For more information visit

www.royalcollection.org.uk/Leonardo 500





Images:

Leonardo da Vinci, The head of an old bearded man, c.1517-18 RCIN 912499Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Leonardo da Vinci, A map of the Valdichiana, c.1503-6 RCIN 912278Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
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