Ulster Museum

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

In February 2019, to mark the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of the Renaissance master's greatest drawings in the Royal Collection will go on display in 12 simultaneous exhibitions across the UK.

Fri 01 Feb 2019 - Mon 06 May 2019

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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. 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 in Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Sheffield, Southampton and Sunderland, with a further venue to be announced.

The Ulster Museum’s exhibition will include two of Leonardo’s most famous works – The Head of St Anne, made around 1510 in preparation for his famous masterpiece The Virgin and Child with St Anne, which hangs in the Louvre, and an anatomical drawing from 1489, The Skull Sectioned.

The exhibition will include examples of all the drawing materials employed by the artist, including pen and ink, red and black chalks, watercolour and metalpoint.

Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Read more about The head of St Anne drawing on the Royal Collection Trust website.

Image: Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018
Royal Collection Trust/© Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2018

Read more about The skull sectioned drawing on the Royal Collection Trust website.

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.

www.royalcollection.org.uk/leonardo500