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Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Queen’s Gallery, London

24 May - 13 Oct 2019

Leonardo’s drawings, ranging from preparatory studies for paintings to architectural designs, anatomical sketches, and maps of the world, offer a window on to the sheer breadth of the master’s imagination. This display of more than 200 works, purchased for the Royal Collection in the 17th century by Charles II, makes use of recent scientific analysis to explore the Leonardo’s innovative use of inks, chalks and other drawing materials. Find out more from the Royal Collection Trust’s website. 

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A Star-of-Bethlehem and other plants (c. 1506–12), Leonardo da Vinci.

A Star-of-Bethlehem and other plants (c. 1506–12), Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

The head of Leda (c. 1505–08), Leonardo da Vinci.

The head of Leda (c. 1505–08), Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

A man tricked by gypsies (c. 1493), Leonardo da Vinci.

A man tricked by gypsies (c. 1493), Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

A design for an equestrian monument (c. 1485–88), Leonardo da Vinci.

A design for an equestrian monument (c. 1485–88), Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

A study of a woman’s hands

A study of a woman’s hands (c. 1490), Leonardo da Vinci. Photo: Royal Collection Trust, © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, 2019

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