The works have been selected to show the extraordinary scope of the artist’s interests, from painting and sculpture to engineering, zoology, botany, map making and anatomy, as well as his use of different media – pen and ink, red and black chalk, watercolour and metal point.
There are almost 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci in the Royal Collection. They were originally bound into a single album, which was probably acquired in the 17th century by Charles II . Beyond the 20 or so surviving paintings by Leonardo, the artist’s drawings are the main source of our knowledge of this extraordinary Renaissance man and his many activities. Leonardo’s drawings are the richest, most wide-ranging, most technically brilliant, and most endlessly fascinating of any artist.
Please note this exhibition may be busy at times, particularly lunchtimes. Quieter times are 3pm to 5pm.
School visits will be restricted to 10.30am to 12 noon and 1.30pm to 3pm.
Further Education groups, please book to avoid clashes. Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Read more about the exhibition in our blog. You can also watch a 4 minute film of Royal Collection conservator Alan Donnithorne demonstrating Leonardo’s drawing materials.
Supported by the Friends of the Laing Art Gallery
Image: The expressions of fury in horses, a lion and a man c.1504-5 (detail) Royal Collection Trust / © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II